weblog and information

Jonathan Moseley, Grow, Cut Arrange

Breaston Flower Circle open dem July 27th 2018

‘Variation on a Theme’ by Judi Cripps, April demonstration

bfc Judi Cripps demonstration april 2018

Click on the link to read the full report of the evening.

Inspiration by Pat Billing, April 14th 2018

Today’s Members’ Workshop by Pat Billing was a joy, sun inside the venue as well as outside!

A horizontal design on an urn was followed by a tall vertical arrangement, displaying the grandeur of  roses, gerbera and chrysanthemum alongside cork screw willow, fatsia, begonia and other garden foliage.

Each creation was beautiful and unique and we learned a lot!

What a lovely way to spend the day.

‘Team work’ March 2018

One of the benefits of club membership is the opportunity not only to develop individual knowledge and skills but also to learn from others in a group situation.
Nowhere was this more evident than on our social evening held during March.

Coming hot on the heels of a highly professional demonstration in February by our own Marion Stokes, the evening was a hard act to follow. As it happened however, it proved to be a highly successful and enjoyable evening.
The atmosphere was convivial with much fun and laughter amidst the banter. Members worked together to arrange pink and yellow gerbera on a bed of yellow and green foliage and twigs to create a stunning elongated design which was subsequently used as an Easter decoration in Breaston Methodist Church.

A first class example of team work at its best.

 

 

‘Pick and Mix’ by Marion Stokes, 27.02.2018

 

Snow was all around us outside but inside the Methodist Hall in Breaston, we were warm and cosy as we watched a highly amusing and entertaining demonstration by one of our own members, Marion Stokes. Seen more often in her usual place stocking and running the sales table, Marion was in the front of house, letting her imagination fly with her demonstration ‘Pick and Mix.’
As the title suggests, her arrangements depicted much loved childhood sweets and were just as delightful.

Firstly, asymmetrical designs on a simple yet effective mesh structure showcased deep red Roses and Gerberas. Midelino sticks shaped into hearts set the scene for a packet of ‘Love Hearts.’

And then onto something different. A three tiered ‘cake’ was made from ribboned tin cans which were used to house delicate pinks, whites and creams of Lisianthus, Spray Carnations and Roses. What other title could this arrangement have other than ‘Dolly Mixtures!’

A more modern arrangement followed in a tall glass container with soft tones of cream, lemon and the deeper yellow colour of citrus fruit. Alstroemeria were grouped together with Spray Chrysanthemeum and pale green Anthurium to create that mouth watering, tangy sensation of the fizz of Sherbert Lemons. Steel Grass curled and shaped through the design providing a different look by introducing movement and enclosed space.

Marion’s mantra of ‘Never throwing anything away’ was displayed in an ingenious use of fir cones set amongst the mesh of an old hanging basket to create her next container. It was the base for a variety of orange Roses, Tulips and Carnations to create a delicious almost too good to eat orange and cream chocolate.

And the novelty of Marion’s imagination continued to the last-white painted boxes of twigs and leaves sprayed in black were randomly set amongst a variety of white Anastasia, Star of Bethlehem and Stocks, many carefully chosen because of their black centres to evoke the taste of licorice.

Marion’s sunny disposition and sense of humour shone throughout the evening. There was much laughter at her hilarious tales particularly in the use of her microwave! Which is not to be tried at home!
We thoroughly enjoyed the banter as much as watching the skilful flower arranging. The round of warm applause at the end was heartfelt and appreciative of the amount of preparation for the evening’s demonstration.

Marion certainly made the evening special.

Well done her!

Annual Dinner February 2018

We held our Annual Dinner at Cleve Lodge on 20th February when Catherine Hampson showed her flower arranging skills to us after the meal.

‘Kaleidoscope’ by Gill Mills

Although Gill began ‘Kaleidoscope’ with her description of how her day had not gone according to plan, the same could not be said of the way she demonstrated her flower arrangements on our club night.

She brought with her the colours from the rainbow to bring a ray of sunshine into a dreary, damp evening in January.

Most of her designs had a predominant colour with red linked dramatically with black to begin the evening.

Garden foliage with clusters of red carnations, gerberas and deep red roses were bunched together and shaped and twisted into a traditionally triangular arrangement.

Gill’s subsequent design of orange and yellow was supported by a tall container made from twisted ivy twigs-a magnificent base for any arrangement but one which was perfect to enable the variegated shapes of periwinkle, ivy and strands of conifer to cascade and flow downwards creating a gentle rhythm and a lovely sense of informality.

Changes of textures and contrasting shapes were evident in all of her arrangements. This setting in particular, was exactly right for embedding the bright, bendy yellow and orange gerberas. Add to this, vivid, nestling sunflower heads and the effect was quite startling and enough to brighten anyone’s day.

Next a top hat design of greens contrasted with the ensuing arrangement of a seascape of cool blues and lilacs. What could have been better than to set the seascape atop a spectacular piece of driftwood!

The final design was a juxtaposition of the paler tones of the colour spectrum. Delicate peachy gerberas, pink roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and stocks were surrounded by feathery fronds of garden plants with spots of yellow tulips to add vibrancy and to lift out the overall colours.

Gill’s ‘funny ole day’ turned out to be a triumph after all!

Christmas Practice night, 12th December 2017

Mince pies, good humour and two Christmas demonstrations from members. A traditional arrangement by Pat Baker was followed by a modern twist demonstrated by Linda Smith.

A nice way to start the festive season.

News and Views

The article submitted for inclusion in the next News and Views is  attached  for anyone who may be interested in reading it.  News and views 2017

‘Merry Christmas’ by Tony Brown

Dark and cold it may have been outside but inside the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton, it was bright and colourful and full of Christmas spirit.

Floral demonstrator, Tony Brown, certainly brought the ‘glitz’ to his presentation of ‘Merry Christmas.’

He reminisced about family, friends and things loved and some lost as he arranged his flowers and foliage into spectacular designs. His containers ranged from the top of a wooden arch from a garden trellis ( to denote a sledging hill which he used as a child) to wooden baskets and troughs, painted urns and a monumental metal Christmas tree for the finale. His enthusiasm for flowers was a joy to witness. He wove and placed brilliantly coloured gerberas and carnations, with deeply coloured roses and lilies and chrysanthemums which were set amongst  a variety of foliage- solid forms contrasting with trailing fronds and delicate leaves for maximum effect.

To add bling and the spirit of Christmas, Tony dotted a variety of accessories nestling and recessing into leaves which were shaped and sometimes gilded to catch the light. Sparkly pink butterflies flitted across a  framework of metal and gilded leaves and twigs.

Tony surely surpassed himself to create masterpiece after masterpiece.

What a pleasure it was to sit and enjoy the evening!