We welcomed Joyce to BFAS on April 1st . The foliage, almost all from her own garden, provided a wonderful variety of colour and texture as background to the designs in her Pic ‘n ’Mix demonstration. I’m sure many of us were inspired to be more adventurous with the foliage we grow and use.
The first arrangement was in a picnic basket. The foliage in this design was from her garden and included cupressa, sundance choisya, juniper and cristata ‘The King’. The flowers were peach carnations, spray chrysanthemums picking up the colour of the basket , mini gerberas and roses. The smaller accompanying design had us reminiscing about pic ‘n’ mix sweets which Joyce had kindly placed at the base for our enjoyment.
The next three arrangements were bold statement containers: two metal structures and a snake basket. Green balls and black bamboo were used to enhance the metal containers. The focus of the second arrangement was longiflorum lilies and palms with green carnations, conifer and senecio. The third design was a vibrant arrangement of pink gerberas and anthuriums. The shape of the design was further enhanced by trimmed trachy palm leaves, variegated box and hypericum with phormium leaves providing height. Eucalyptus bark gave an interesting texture to the design in the snake basket together with contorted willow, phormium and nadina domestica. Spray carnations and orchids were stunning against this foliage.
A parallel arrangement between two pieces of stylised ladder sculptured wood used Cotoneaster and dracaena leaves with aliums, tulips and red anthuriums. Paddy’s Pride formed the basis of the final design with stems of cornus providing height.The green and white design used green carnations, avalanche roses, Anastasia chrysanthemums, green anthuriums and gypsophila. This arrangement was displayed within a wooden framework which Joyce acknowledged was the handiwork of her husband.
‘Fun with Flowers’ was a phrase Joyce used on several occasions and her enjoyment in floral art was reflected throughout her demonstration.
A few photographs are below with apologies that I forgot to remove the (wrong) date from the pictures.