Coastal theme for display
Demonstrator shows great skill
Audrey Buchan from Mont rose wa s the demonstrator for Castle Douglas Floral Art Club’s evening with the theme“All washed up”.
To begin the evening Mrs Sheila Pook welcomed members, thanking those who had entered arrangements for the Stewartry Show.
The SAFAS Window on Autumn show is coming up and the club’s own event is a soup and sweet lunch in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall on Saturday, September 22.
The Christmas lunch is being arranged at the Kings Arms Hotel on January 14. The 2019 syllabus was planned including a trip to Garden Wise. The competition next month is Hallowe’en.
Audrey Buchan was then introduced. She began with her first arrangement in a bark coated plastic plant pot and a few corks dangling from one corner. Some fatsia leaves were inserted around the pot. Some purple heuchera leaves next followed by a swatch of grass. Dark red gladioli put upright in the centre followed by sunflowers around them. Finally orange roses were then arranged in between and to one side.
For the second piece a large basket to represent a coracle was produced with the floral foam in a dish in the centre.
Trimmed palm leaves were placed vertically, down and around and then some asparagus fern added in between.
Grisallinia branches and some large hedera (Ivy) leaves and phlebo leaves. White lilies followed by two yellow roses and green prado carnations and finally some short white rose set in to one side. Solidago fronds were the final addition inserted throughout.
The third arrangement was done in an ammunition box already filled with bergenia leaves, Portuguese laurel and skimmia.
Some long stems of various grasses and millet were then inserted and menta mint and pink astilbe, white lisimachia and finally some fennel.
The mechanics for the next arrangement was two basketware circles on to which a shell basket had been placed with the greenery set into oasis in the centre.
Red roses and purple hydrangea and white sedum called frosty morning inserted. Pink rose lilies cut short and tucked in between followed by lilac carnations and pink sedum recessed down into the design and some asparagus fern to finish. Audrey then produced a matching second arrangement.
A hand tied bunch was to be done next with Alstromeria “white pearl”, white roses, eucalyptus stems, grasses and asparagus fern.
The flowers were all laid on the table and a piece of green string and some tape all cut to length. Audrey began by grouping the eucalyptus, grasses and flowers one by one around and around into her hand between her thumb and forefinger until all the flowers were gathered up.
The string was then wound around the stems and then the tape to contain everything. The bunch was then set straight into a vase in the centre of a willow orb.
A rustic container like a goblet came next with the oasis set on to the top. Various types of asparagus fern and peony foliage were inserted first, followed by photinia leaves and pink astilbe inserted vertically and around in varying lengths.
Roses came next in various hues of pink, coral and red all tucked in between. Finally some beautiful double cream lysianthus. The arrangements all had some coastal reflections for her theme. The vote of thanks, raffle and refreshments concluded the evening.
The next event is the club evening on October 8 in St Ninian’s church hall with a demonstration by Kathleen Williams from Chadderton. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
Finished work Audrey Buchan was the demonstrator for the evening