At the February meeting of Cheviot Valleys Flower Club Mrs Marion Hinchley entertained us with a demonstration of Designs for the Home, which included things we might have in our homes.
The first design used a straight sided vase, which had tall stephanandra twigs tied with ribbon on the outside. To go inside she made a hand-tie, which only used green carnations with pink and cream tulips.
The next design was done on a curved metal stand. Out to one side she placed twigs with bright pink roses over them at varying lengths. Hellebore leaves and marbled laurel were through the design, with more roses in the top and white lilies across the middle.
A metal container, which had woven pink, blue and green straws curving up from opposite sides in a crescent shape, was used for this design. Into the container she placed eucalyptus and senecio. Then she added flowers, which included green carnations, cream lisianthus for height in the centre and over the edge, pink alstroemeria and small gerberas. Marbled laurel was used to fill in.
For the fourth design she had a wide bowl, with a smaller wire one in the middle with shiny material wrapped around. Groups of senecio, rosemary, griselinia and eucalyptu were placed inside, with large white roses at varying heights, white lilies at either side and marbled laurel through the design.
Using a mixed bunch of brightly coloured flowers she made up a design in a silver star shape, which had canes attached on each point and tied at the top, with a container at the base. Viburnum, variegated ceanothus and griselinia were used to cover the oasis. The flowers included yellow, white and green chrysanths, orange and yellow gerberas placed tall in the centre, yellow carnations and purple statice. Pittosporum was placed through the design. This was put on a yellow net beside a smaller similar one.
For her final design she had a square container, into which she put three large overlapping fatsia leaves, three pink tall pussy willow pieces in the centre, with cream lisianthus beside it, and roses with pink edges and lilac middles down the centre and out to the side in a line. Senecio pieces to cover the oasis with peachy roses, pink alstroemeria, green carnations and small pink gerberas were put in. Some pieces of eucalyptus, laurel and pittosporum were added, with spikes of pussy willow. The design was placed on a wooden stand, with similar designs on two more stands.
Mrs Pat Younger gave the vote of thanks for an inspiring demonstration.
The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 22, when Mrs Irene Parker will present a demonstration of Ideas and Inspirations. It is at Whittingham Memorial Institute, at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.