damp and dreary outside, but Yvonne brought some sunshine to the stage with her
arrangements inspired by her ‘Holiday in the Sun’ in Cyprus. The arrangements
reflected various aspects of the holiday experience: the first glimpse of
the island from the plane, the food and drink, and a boat trip. Some of the
representations within the designs included phormiums as kebab sticks, calla
lilies and plaited palms as waves, cordylines as sails and red gladiator roses
there was a wide variety of shape and design in the arrangements with
beautiful flowers, foliage and containers. We were introduced to a new
type of gerbera called pastini with
presentation was friendly and entertaining – managing a Segway and swimming
from the boat were two interesting stories and members went away from the
evening with a smile on their faces! Along the way Yvonne offered advice and
‘hints’ such as how to ‘curve’ calla lilies, different leaf manipulation and
which flowers to cut straight rather than slanted.
Thank you Yvonne for an enjoyable evening and for allowing us to include pictures of your arrangements.
We were delighted to welcome
Pauline Foster to Bedford for the first time this month.
Her presentation was ‘Dressing
the Dandy’ which reflected her interest in costume and history.
She delighted us with six very
different designs – traditional and contemporary – which included Beau
Brummell, Edward VIII (and his golfing interest), James Bond (Diamonds are
Forever), Matadors and Madame de Pompadour.
The wide variety of arrangements used beautiful containers complemented with accessories which also reflected Pauline’s love of craft. There was also an extremely wide variety of beautiful flowers, combination of colours and foliage. Foliage included periwinkle, hostas, laurel, heuchera, bergenia, tillandis air plants, cordyline, conifer and eucalyptus. Flowers included clematis, spray roses, delphiniums, crocosmia, chrysanthemums, callas, orchids, carnations and pin head protea.
The stage looked beautiful at the end of the evening and there were many happy raffle winners – thank you Pauline for an interesting, informative and entertaining evening.
We had a lovely, enjoyable outing to the NAFAS Diamond Show in Islington this month. There was so much to do and to see that it is impossible to do the show justice here – flowers were everywhere in the Design Centre and shop windows had been decorated in nearby Camden Passage. The photos below give just a very small flavour of the day.
We were pleased to welcome Jane back to Bedford again this month. The designs represented things that delight us hence her title ‘A Box of Delights’. We had representations of pancakes, coffee and Turkish Delight, as well as the pleasure we get from the garden and from looking at the moonlight.
There was a wide variety of beautiful flowers (including stocks, gerbera, sunflowers- with and without the petals, clematis, lisianthus, peonies, callas, roses and pin head protea) and foliage (including fatsia, winter flowering honeysuckle, beech, rosemary, bergenia , phormium and eucalyptus). The mechanics used were also varied; foam free using a grid made from tape, the use of minimal floral foam, a hand tie within a frame made from twisted tendrils from a kiwi plant in addition to more traditional mechanics in lovely containers.
The stage at the end of the evening was also a ‘delight’ with beautiful, different and colourful designs and there were many happy raffle winners.
Thank you Jane for an instructive, entertaining and enjoyable demonstration. Thank you also for allowing us to post a couple of pictures
We had a relaxed, informal
evening this month when over fifty members participated in our ‘hands on’
members evening. The theme was ‘recycling and no floral foam’ . Originally we
all thought it would be a challenge but mechanics included pin holders, chicken
wire, pebbles, twigs, marbles, structures made from midelino sticks and
sand. Containers varied from treacle tins and decorated milk containers to
teapots as well as traditional containers. The stage was transformed from a ‘take your pick of
five roses’ to a lovely, diverse and varied
display of arrangements demonstrating the creativity and skill of our members.
During the evening we took the opportunity to ask members to
complete a questionnaire to get their ideas and comments on how we might
take the society forward. We enjoyed a
delicious bring and share supper and had more opportunity to chat to fellow
members than at a usual meeting. We finished the evening with a plant quiz – a
male insect (four letters) seemed to be the clue that caused most difficulty!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to a very successful and enjoyable evening.
We were pleased to welcome Jenni Baker back to Bedford and were grateful to her for filling
in as our original demonstrator
was unable to come.
Jenni’s theme was ‘The Feminine Touch’; she produced six designs which represented
the life and work of six influential ladies – the presentation was made more
interesting as we had to guess the lady involved from the clues Jenni gave.
We started with the bright colours (orange lilies, deep pink
mini gerberas and Mario roses) representing the ceramic artist Clarice Cliff; we then moved on to a white
design (avalanche roses, stocks and gypsophila) representing the white garden
at Sissinghurst and the work of Vita
Sackville West who was a poet and novelist as well as a garden designer.
Next came Mary Quant (or Barbara Mary Blunkett Green), the
Welsh fashion designer with a parallel
design using red carnations, mini gerberas and Anastasia chrysanthemums against
a copper wire frame filled with black and red sisal. (One of several complementary
accessories produced by Jenni’s husband) Then, a real change with
yellow gerberas (for daisies) and bluebells representing the countryside
and the work of natural scientist and writer Beatrix Potter.
Modern sculpture by Barbara Hepworth was the theme for the fifth design – anthuriums and carnations against a background of phoenix palms and willow structures filled with florist wrap representing sails. The presentation wouldn’t have been complete without the influence of a flower arranger and the last design represented the work of Julia Clements . This lovely arrangement included pink aqua roses, cerinthe, and chrysanthemums together with a wide variety of foliage laurel, soft ruscus, euonymus, pussy willow, pittosporum and redwood.
Thank you Jenni for an interesting and entertaining evening – thank you also for allowing us to share pictures of your lovely designs.
Over twenty members enjoyed a busy and challenging day at a workshop led by Gill McGregor. She showed us how to be creative with laurel leaves in two very different designs. A few pictures below of the first arrangement – thank you for a very instructive day Gill
delighted to welcome Jo Poulter back to Bedford this month.
Designs featured an arched window, a copper
circle, a traditional triangle, a hand tie in a ‘cube’ bag, a traditional
triangle, a star and a spiral – a demonstration which certainly lived up to its
title ‘All Shapes and Sizes’. There was something for everyone – traditional
and contemporary – large and small; and
certainly ideas which could easily be adapted to use at home – something which many of our members appreciated.
included delphiniums, stocks, daffodils, muscari, iris, sunflower heads (with
and without the petals), roses, gerberas, chrysanthemums, antirrhinums – we were
introduced to a lovely different
coloured rose ‘Golden Mustard’. There was just as wide a range of
foliage and accessories used.
Jo gave us an interesting commentary throughout with hints and ideas together with entertaining stories. Thank you Jo for a very enjoyable evening. There are just a couple of pictures below.
For the first demonstration of the year we welcomed back Sharon Badger
who took for her theme ‘A Vision for the Future’.
Sharon’s arrangements reflected turning points in history. The first
represented ancient history and mythology: Aphrodite (red roses) and Roman
roads (canes) . This was followed by an
asymmetrical design reminiscent of the Edwardian period with palms, ferns,
white spider chrysanthemums and carnations, and red tulips. The third very
striking and structural arrangement with yellow roses as the main flower echoed
the days of Art Deco styles. Next was a flamboyant, psychedelic and
energetic arrangement depicting the 1960s, using sunflowers, orange carnations
and red mini gerberas. The final arrangement using white anthuriums and
silver bear grass was a delicate and glittery futuristic design.
Thank you Sharon for sharing your expertise. It was a wonderful display and much appreciated by both longstanding and new members.