Karine: Don’t Stop Me Now

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Ste­wartry Flower Club

Friends and mem­bers wel­comed Karine Mur­ray and as­sis­tant Jean Stephen­son whose theme was Don’t Stop Me Now.

Karine be­gan with a ver­ti­cal ar­range­ment of yel­low calla lilies and spray chrysan­the­mums with clev­erly ma­nip­u­lated palm and phormium leaves.

She used wil­low spheres to pro­vide tex­ture and fo­cal in­ter­est. Karine men­tioned that some­times she used slices of lemon in such an ar­range­ment, adding the ad­vice that a splash of hair spay stopped the lemon from go­ing brown.

White den­dro­bium orchids and pale green an­thuri­ums were key fea­tures of Karine’s next ar­range­ment – per­fect for a wed­ding ta­ble.

She said that be­cause her mother had ar­ranged all the flow­ers for her wed­ding, she de­cided she would like to do the same for her daugh­ter’s wed­ding. So be­gan Karine’s flo­ral ad­ven­tures.

While work­ing on a third pal­isade ar­range­ment of bril­liant orange ger­beras, car­na­tions and leu­cosper­mums – South African pin­cush­ion plant – Karine said she had joined her lo­cal hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety to learn more about flow­ers and plants. She added that when she re­turned the fol­low­ing week, she felt hon­oured but some­what taken aback when they asked her to be on the com­mit­tee.

Five orchids formed Karine’s fourth ar­range­ment set in pink wool-cov­ered flo­ral tubes. It looked de­cep­tively easy to make – look out for it ap­pear­ing at the next lo­cal flower show.

Karine com­pleted the af­ter­noon by mak­ing a triple ar­range­ment of pink and lime green car­na­tions, mini ger­bera and spray roses, each in a pale grey wooden crate. Each ar­range­ment was a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of the prin­ci­ples of de­sign.

Dur­ing the break Karine judged the en­tries in the com­pe­ti­tion Au­tumn Glory. She awarded the Betty Wal­lace Salver to Pa­tri­cia Bee­son – a new mem­ber who is clearly tak­ing the club by storm.

The club meets again to­day at 1.30pm in Gatehouse Parish Church hall. Dr Ros­alind Ste­wart will be demon­strat­ing flo­ral ar­range­ments on the theme of Take A Walk With Me.

Busy Karine Mur­ray with her ar­range­ments

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