Flower-arranging buffs intoxicated by displays

‘SUMMER wine’ was the title of an intoxicating demonstration from Margaret Rumens, of Solihull in the West Midlands, at the July meeting of HUCKNALL FLOWER ARRANGING GROUP.

It was inspired by a social gatherings and the many different beverages available, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Margaret raised a glass at a summer wedding for her first design, which represented a bouquet and was created on top of a piece of a carved mahogany bed-post, given a green and gold effect. The flowers and foliage included stephanandra, ivy, September flower, pale lemon carnations, peach roses, lisianthus and rose and carnation stalks. An organza bow and a second taller placement completed the arrangement.

Flowers for an outdoor occasion with perhaps a glass of Pimms was assembled in a terracotta-effect planter and contained rubus, rolled aspidistra leaves, fatsia, photinia, lemon balm, peach carnations, orange roses and gerbera, pink lady apples and flowing spikes of bear grass representing fireworks. The planter was displayed on a pedestal base.

A day at the races with a glass or two of rose wine was the inspiration for a design in a wine cooler basket trimmed with grapes. Orange gladioli, eleaegnus and purple hazel foliage, hostia leaves, senecio, pink antirrhinums, alstromeria, peonies and garden roses were included in the creation.

As a homage to red wine, Margaret created a design in a piece of a tree trunk effect container. She used bunches of grape vine prunings, phormium and alchemilla foliage, burgundy and red carnations and red roses.

Remembering drinks, especially cocktails on summer holidays, influenced Margaret’s choice of container and flowers. Into a tall yellow container she placed ivy leaves, dark blue delphiniums, sunflowers, solidago, blue iris, alchemilla and brodiaea.

Champagne for celebrations was the inspiration behind Margaret’s final design, assembled on a tall, black open wrought-iron stand. The arrangements included ferns, bergenia leaves, forsythia and golden bay foliage, philadelphus, white lilies, lisianthus, carnations, September flowers and gymsophila. The design was completed with silver glitter baubles.

Throughout her demonstration, Margaret played a selection of appropriate music. Janice McEwan thanked Margaret for her impressive demonstration which had an intoxicating effect.