Demonstrator: Barbara Collins Her Title: 'Oriental Moments'
Carolyn opened the meeting by announcing some very sad news that a member of the club, Sue Bryce, had sadly passed away. She was an active member of the club and in the past we had done the flowers for her daughter's wedding. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time. Carolyn then went on to introduce Barbara Collins who proceeded to entertain us with " Oriental Moments " and what moments we had! On stage we had various statues of Buddha sitting amongst the arrangements all evening also hiding behind the screens was Snap the Dragon, waiting to make his entrance.
To start we had a fan shape in a basket with some Spruce called Fat Albert, Fats Hedera, contorted hazel for height. Purple liatris, White Narcissi, grey Senecio, white Ranunculus and to finish speckled white Hellebores.
An oblong dish appeared with pink Cherry Blossom, ferns, along with various spiky mixed foliage, pink Picot double Lilies, creamy green Tulips with a Buddha amongst the greenery.
The next arrangement used small Aspidistra leaves, Fatsia Japonica, Hebe, green Cymbidium Orchids and cream Carnations.
To give us an upright spiral coming down to the oasis, Barbara used Midelino sticks, with green Shamrock Chrysanthemums, low down some Fatsia leaves and green variegated Box, ending with a green gold cloth triangle.
After that we had Snap The Dragon to entertain us, with a lazy S shape, Yucca Leaves, Cornice Sticks, Phormium leaves called cream delight, a red fan was inserted into the arrangement with Alstromeria and tropicalRed Anthuriums.
To give a tree effect Barbara used Mahonia. Tip, to stop it twisting in oasis wrap an elastic band round the bottom of the stems, Garrya Elliptica, Palms, Aspidistra, variegatedRamalus, white Cymbidium Orchids, pink Lilies and Jumbo Pink Tulips were added to complete the final arrangement of the evening.