Cheviot Valleys Flower Club, September meeting

KEPT ENTHRALLED: At the September meeting of the Cheviot Valleys Flower Club, Kathleen Marlor entertained us with a demonstration entitled Enthralled by Nature.

She began by depicting sunrise and sunset in autumn. Using an urn she placed phormium leaves out to the sides with Virginia creeper leaves in a rusty colour in the top. On the phormium leaves she put in leucadendron and completed the arrangement with pink astilbies, hellebore leaves, small pink gerberas, sedum and conifer. The urn was then placed on a pillar with a similar arrangement alongside.

Using a piece of driftwood which curved upwards for the next design, in the container in front of the wood she put in tall palm leaves beside the wood and out to the front to make an L shape. Portuguese laurel and fern were placed in, with bergenia leaves at the front. A silver euonymus, bergenia leaves were placed through the design with cream lisianthus, white Anastasia chrysanths down the centre. Gypsophila was used to give the appearance of moonlight and frost. On the top of the wood she hung a moon shape.

The third design was to represent a volcanic eruption. This was done on a tall metal stand with black net draped around it. Dark red roses were placed in at various angles with greyish/green foliage and senecio between them. A smaller arrangement was placed at the bottom of the stand. A simple, but effective design.

A tall vase in a turquoise and brown colour with a container on the top had ruscus and rubus trailing down the sides. Bergenia leaves were put in the centre with conifer to fill in. To complete the Hogarth curve she used small pink carnations, aqua roses in bright pink and lilac trachelium lilies. This represented art in nature.

For her final design she used a tall, curved metal stand. Palm leaves trailed out the side, with conifer over the edge and fatsia leaves in the top. White carnations were placed on the palm leaves, white and pink anthuriums trailed over the edge and pink sedum in the top. To complete the design, to represent the sea she put in eryngiums and gypsophila. She then placed a similar one at the bottom of the stand.

All the arrangements looked stunning and represented different aspects of nature. Pat Younger gave the vote of thanks.

Next month is the AGM on November 24 when the Christmas demonstration will be A Tingle of Excitement by Mildred Stafford. It is at 7.30pm in Whittingham Memorial Institute. Tickets £7 available from Pat Hall 01665 574017.