Demonstrator: Sarah Long Her Title: 'Spring has Sprung'
Spring had certainly arrived in Clophill Village Hall on February 2nd when Sarah Long entertained a full hall with her delightful Spring Arrangements.
Sarah told us how she had started as a pianist but became a florist with her own business because she loved to design with flowers. She now works part time with a local floral wholesaler because she has a three year old son who takes up much of her time.
The first design used a base of twigs fixed onto a wreath ring which was placed on a clear container with another saucer shaped container underneath. A variety of Spring flowers e.g. Daffodils, narcissus and tulips in yellow and white were threaded through the twigs into water in the base. The mass effect of the bulbs made us forget the cold weather outside.
Arrangement two used a floral foam base covered in moss and bark. Pots of primroses in white, yellow and purple were placed at the base with catkin twigs to give height. Blue irises, muscari and hyacinths completed the design. Sarah held our interest with the tales of her early life on a small farm and the saga of building an extension on her present home. While chatting she produced an arrangement in a bark container using orange tulips, gold ranunculus and rust coloured spray carnations.
A large log formed the central feature of the next display. The flowers used were red gerbera, red tulips, wax flower and small daffodils. White branches, cut into differing lengths and placed upright in a clear container were joined by white flowers such as hyacinths, tulips, carnations and wax flower. Loops of bear grass provided enclosed space and the completed arrangement was much appreciated.
Finally Sarah produced a 'whoosh' of foliage and flowers on a posy pad covered in bark. Pink was the colour theme for the spring flowers with dark calla lilies and pussy willow. Hyacinth bulbs were removed from the soil and were wired onto the stems. These will grow quite happily as the bulbs contain all the nutrient required. As usual, the arrangements were raffled at the end of the evening.
A number of lucky, happy members went home with complete design as Sarah included all containers, wood etc.