Cheviot Valley Flower Club, March meeting

FLORAL SURPRISE: At the March meeting of the Cheviot Valleys Flower Club, Mrs Karl Brunton presented a demonstration, Surprises.

The first design she showed us was a simple arrangement made using midelino sticks in the centre of a round dish with three chrysanths.

Her next design used an urn, which contained a bulb bowl. Camellia branches formed the outline with lilies placed at varying heights in the centre. A conical shaped frame made from pink midelino sticks was placed beside the lilies with a pink orchid in it. Rolled up bergenia leaves filled in the spaces with some cerise pink carnations through the design. In front of the urn she placed a hand tie with more carnations in a flat frame.

For the next design, palms, moluccella and curled phormiun leaves were put in as outline foliage. She added choisya leaves, anistasia chrysanths, yellow roses and green carnations. A second placement included a ginger lily, hellebores, pittosporum leaves and carnations.

For the third design a glass bowl filled with gel had some twinkly lights among it. Two pink dendrobium orchids wired together were layed round the edge of the bowl, which looked very effective. It was placed beside a tall arrangement, which included purple and white lisianthus with gypsophila at the base. This arrangement was in a tall glass vase containing a white orchid.

For the next arrangement, tall gold twigs were placed in the middle of a basket with some dried foliage. Over the edge, variegated yucca leaves were placed. A spiral of orange calla lilies, each in a cone made from aspidistra leaves, was added.Orange pincushion proteas completed the design.

The final design was done in a grey metal vase with pink raffia showing through. Palms, moluccella and fatsia leaves were used as outline foliage, with bronze pittosporum to fill in, followed by a variety of flowers, including pink and green dendrobium orchids, cerise carnations and pink roses. Two similar vases, with lime green raffia and cream lilies, were stood in a line to give a stunning effect.

Brenda Machin gave the vote of thanks on our behalf.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 27, when Margaret Campbell will present Memories at Whittingham Memorial Institute, at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.