Cheviot Valley, Flower Club

At the June meeting Mildred Stafford entertained us with Sun-Kissed Summer Days. Each of her designs reminded us of things to do with summer.

She began with one to represent an English country garden. Using a large, grey urn and triangular design, she placed a variety of foliage for the outline. This included spotted laurel, bergenia leaves and eucalyptus.

She added large pink lilies, a pale pink hydrangea head in the centre, pale pink peonies, green carnations, pale pink roses, stocks and gerberas.

To display it she placed another one below.

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The next design was a ‘seashore’. This was done in a large piece of curved driftwood, with shells, stones and a shell sculpture beside.

Bleached twigs were placed upright in the centre, with pale green and cream hosta leaves, bergenia and fatsia leaves round the edge. Large, pale peach chrysanths were placed through the foliage, with four tall ones beside the twigs. Foxtail lilies and peach roses were grouped vertically beside the twigs.

More foliage included photinia, osmanthus and dark heuchera leaves. Cream gerberas grouped at the side finished it off. It was displayed with a smaller one in front.

Wimbledon was the theme for the third design. Using a round, glass dish, three curled phormium leaves were put in at varying heights.

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Curled aspidistra leaves were grouped at one side, fatsia leaves over the edge, lime green hostas in the centre and variegated bergenia leaves. Beside the phormium, large green chrysanths were placed at varying heights in a line, green carnations at one side, with green roses at the other.

Choisya and ivy were put in, also lime anthuriums, alchemilla mollis and two green tennis balls.

It was placed on a tall glass vase, which contained more tennis balls, with a similar design at the bottom.

Mildred’s fourth design represented sailing. She had an oval, grey dish, which looked like a boat, and put in grey sprayed aspidistra leaves folded over and pinned to the oasis. She added hellebore leaves round the edge, two red sticks for the masts and gypsophila.

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Delphiniums with juniper, senecio and large ivy leaves filled in. Flowers, including lavender freesia, eryngiums, white roses, cream gerberas and a white hydrangea head completed it. A smaller white ‘boat’ was placed alongside.

Finally, a metal bowl with a circle of twigs on a metal stand was the container for a tropical island design. Strelitzia leaves were placed horizontally, with the flowers in the centre.

Large fatsia leaves were arranged upright round the flowers, bergenia leaves and green laurel through the design. Orange roses, anthuriums and cerise gerberas were added, with variegated ivy, hosta leaves with a green edge and golden cupressus.

A similar design was put on a tall stand with a large giraffe beside.

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Pru Marks gave the vote of thanks for a wonderful demonstration with beautiful flowers.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 25, when Vanessa Wellock presents All In A Days Work at Whittingham Memorial Institute, at 7.30pm. Visitors £5.