Easter bunnies hopped in to meet flower arrangers

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WITH EASTER on the horizon, a fitting night of fun and floral displays, entitled ‘Where Rabbits Dream’, was arranged for the latest meeting of HUCKNALL FLOWER ARRANGING GROUP.

The guest demonstrator was Janine Hall, of the West Midlands, who devised six designs based on rabbits featuring in music, literature, cinema and popular culture.

An added feature was a large hat-box from which Janine produced hats, costumes and other accessories to wear and accompany her floral arrangements.

The first design featured the white rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

Around a large piece of driftwood, Janine arranged eucalyptus stems, camellia and bergenia foliage. Spray chrysanthemums, alstromeria, carnations, feathers on sticks to represent paintbrushes, twisted cane, roses, mini gerbera, tulips and freesia in shades of red were used with playing cards and red hearts as accessories.

A popular wartime-song by Flanagan And Allen, ‘Run Rabbit Run’, was the inspiration for an arrangement in a terra cotta container.

This included fatsia leaves, curled aspidistra leaves, contorted willow stems, a branch of cotton buds, orange lilies, bronze spray chrysanthemums, white tulips and rosebuds.

Next, Janine wore a pair of fluffy bunny-ears for a design with two placements inspired by Playboy bunnies. These included aspidistra leaf-cones with pink gerbera, green sisal, pink lilies, tulips and roses.

To represent magicians pulling rabbits and bunches of flowers from top hats, Janine demonstrated a hand-tied bunch using lime, lilac and purple flowers, glitter cane and feathers.

A wicker arch, decorated with tartan fabric, mini garden-trowel and fork, imitation vegetables and a small blue jacket provided the backdrop for a window-box design.

Janine used pots of primulas, bunches of daffodils, blue hyacinths, yellow tulips, gerbera and roses with white alstromeria and a pale-green cymbidium orchids.

This design depicted Beatrix Potter’s ‘Tale Of Peter Rabbit’. Also included were rabbit figures to represent Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

As a finale, Janine had pre-arranged a bouquet and displayed it in front of the Warner Brothers logo, with the slogan, ‘That’s All, Folks!’, as spoken by Bugs Bunny at the end of his cartoons.

Sue Tongue gave a vote of thanks.