Flowers captured season changes

CHANGES in the seasons were perfectly captured by guest demonstrator Barbara Smith at the latest meeting of HUCKNALL FLOWER ARRANGING GROUP.

Barbara, of Nottingham, is a North Midlands demonstrator and teacher. Although semi-retired, she maintains high standards of design and creativity and has visited the Hucknall members several times before.

Throughout the evening, she used a wide variety of garden material which linked to her demonstration title of ‘Seasonal Delights’. The first design was inspired by a workshop she ran with a national demonstrator. It featured twisted bamboo, threaded with bear grass and twisted wire, placed in two rows of different heights — complete with rows of white carnations and moss.

On a tall mesh-frame, Barbara created a green display using a variety of foliage and green flowers, including molucella, chrysanthemums and dianthus. A second, similar placement completed the design.

A floor-based, tall stand held a shower-effect arrangement of weigela, ferns, hosta leaves, lisianthus, anthuriums, nerines and stargazer lilies.

Next, a large black-coloured carved garden urn was the container for a blue and green creation featuring ferns, virburnum, fatsia, aspidistra and bergenia leaves, aconitum, hydrangea, Singapore orchids, green chrysanthemums and double asters.

The final design, using two metal stands of different heights, contained a selection of autumn garden material including bergenia leaves, ferns, cotinus, astilbe seed heads, branches of crab apples and mahonia. The flowers were russet coloured gladioli, peach carnations, bronze spray chrysanthemums and orange lilies.

The next meeting is next Wednesday (November 2) when national demonstrator Jonathan Mosley will present ‘Dressed For Christmas’. Visitors are welcome.