At the November meeting of the Cheviot Valleys Flower Club, John Dalton entertained us with his Christmas demonstration, The Holly and the Ivy.
He began by using a large clear glass vase with glittery angel hair inside as his container. He placed fatsia and ivy leaves in the top with some moluccella trailing over the edge.
To this he added green Anastasia chrysanths through the design, peach gerberas, a large trailing green orchid and five green anthurium leaves. He put a sparkly pixie in among the flowers.
His next design for a table arrangement, used a gold trough in which he had placed variegated ivy both small and large leafed, twisted hazel and dyed red pussy willow straight up in the centre.
Beside this he grouped hellebore leaves, small burgundy gerberas at varying heights and some over the front of the container.
He added a dark pink orchid, cut into smaller pieces, into the design and gold sprayed holly to complete it.
A large white candlestick was used for the third design.
He placed long trailing pieces of eucalyptus around the edge of the candle stick, on top of this white painted birch twigs with some upright in the centre. Some white baubles to represent snowballs in the centre, with white gerberas, which had dark centres beside the twigs at varying heights and some over the edge.
Behind the arrangement he placed a silver screen.
His next design was to represent the three wise men and used a brown pot with palm and fatsia leaves around the top.
Some pieces of laurel and variegated holly, both upright and some smaller pieces in the top were added, and then some ivy leaves.
He used various flowers including yellow roses, purple lisianthus, smaller yellow roses and small burgundy gerberas to complete it. Beside the design he stood the three wooden wise men, two camels and a gold chest with several gold accessories falling out of it.
For his final design he had a large gold urn.
Three moluccella at different heights were placed in the middle, palm leaves over the edge with some laurel, holly and fatsia leaves as an outline.
Then he put in bright pink carnations on the foliage, trailing over the edge and up the centre.
He used aqua roses to follow the line of the foliage.
Purple lisianthus, pale pink gerberas, lime anthuriums and some glittery twigs through the design completed it.
A larger similar design was placed on a gold stand with a cherub on it above the smaller one.
Prudence Marks gave the vote of thanks on our behalf, saying it had been a very inspiring demonstration with beautiful flowers and designs.
The January meeting of the flower club is on Wednesday, January 22, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Institute, Whittingham, when Bill Bland will give a talk on The Chelsea Flower Show’. Visitors welcome.