‘Flower Girls’ visit
Closeburn SWI President Kath Binnie welcomed members to the first meeting of the new session.
She said the demonstrators for the evening really needed no introduction, as they were the “Closeburn Flower Girls”, Karen Kinkead and Jill Paterson.
Karen explained that they were both quite new to flower arranging. They recently completed a course at Stirling, and are members of Dumfries Flower Club.
Karen worked on three arrangements, the first an autumn wreath with an ivy base then a variety of colourful flowers. Centre stage on her second display were two large sunflower heads.
Again autumn foliage set these off very well, with lily grass or reeds an excellent contrast. Thirdly she used a pedestal birth bath as a base and created a wonderful display with gladioli, aspidistra and hosta leaves, finished off with colourful flowers too many to list.
Jill used an unusual three-legged teapot for her first display with foliage as a base, then merged into it a mix of carnations and pink and white roses.
She had prepared earlier matching arrangements using a milk jug and a sugar bowl.
A basket with essential foliage was the setting for her second display and she blended in a mix of pink alstroemeria, pink roses, pink lilies and skimmia.
Both emphasised that, as much as possible, they use foliage and flowers from the garden and accessories can be used to finish off the display.
It is important to use different textures. They are also perfecting the skill of telling stories while they work – a difficult combination to achieve with so much concentration going into the arrangements.
On November 14 Dumfries Flower Club will celebrate its emerald anniversary.
While supper was organised, Karen and Jill judged the competitions. Nancy Sloan gave a warm vote of thanks, delighted to see how both had progressed in flower arranging.
Competition results A small posy for the Jenny Lethardy Plaque: 1 Renee Rorije; 2 Jackie Stewart; 3 Morag Murray.
Floral notelet: 1 Anne Moffat; 2 Georgina McKinley; 3 Deirdre Holding.
Renee was presented with the Jenny Lethardy Plaque and the raffle was drawn.
Correspondence, group and federation matters were discussed by the members. Nine dog coats had been knitted by Kath Binnie, Sandra Ormesher and Cath Carruthers. These would be taken to the D&G Canine Rescue shop in Thornhill to sell for funds for the centre.
The next meeting is an open night on October 16 in the village hall.
Kath thanked Karen and Jill for entertaining the members and those who had helped organise the evening.
Great demonstration Karen Kinkead and Jill Paterson with some of their arrangements