CYNTHIA Preston-Jones inspired us at our March meeting with her demonstration 'It's written in the Stars!'. She covered all aspects of stars in her wonderful displays.
Cynthia's first design was created on a large clear glass vase which had been filled with silver baubles.
Western Hemlock was used to create the outline of this low sweeping arrangement together with eucalyptus, senecio, variegated fatsia hedera and pussy willow. White tulips were then used to create a flowing effect and then white hyacinths and eryngium were added.
Cynthia had wound some silver wire round pussy willow stems so that they could be manipulated to create interest – some were curved and put into the design and three stems were placed to one side to continue the length and the tips brought together and bound with silver wire to create an open frame.
Silver stars were then tied randomly to this frame. While finishing touches were being made to this arrangement we were entertained with the song 'you are my luck star'.
Design 2 depicted 'Rusty' the steam engine from Starlight Express. A terracotta lipped vase was placed horizontally to represent the train.
Foliage included fatsia, mahonia (with the spikes removed) and cherry laurel. Flowers used were 'Terra' anthurium, large orange gerberas and hypericum berries.
Cynthia entwined gold stretchy wire through the arrangement to add an element of sparkle.
Design 3 was a tribute to the great artist Vincent Van Gough and was assembled on a large blue vase.
Laurel and fatsia were used to cover the oasis and 'Blue Shadow' Dutch delphiniums were placed vertically in the arrangement to create height. Eleagnus was added then the main bloom – sunflowers – with blue iris and corn completing the arrangement. We listened to Don McClean singing 'Vincent' while Cynthia finished off.
Design 4 was created in a shallow wicker basket that had been placed on a wicker base.
This design was to depict reading your stars and, in particular, the star sign 'Leo' the lion and an African safari sunset was the theme of the arrangement.
Fatsia leaves, manipulated aspidestra leaves, rhododendron foliage and scots pine covered the oasis, then a bunch of bear grass that had been lightly sprayed with copper and cranberry colour was placed in the middle of the design.
Beautifully coloured red and yellow mahonia leaves were placed in the arrangement to add a hint of sunset colours, then 'Ink Cloud protea', red amaryllis and peach protea were added.
Cynthia then played music from 'Lion King' while she placed the final flowers in the display – red and orange/yellow gerberas.
Cynthia's final design was called 'Razzle Dazzle' and was inspired by the musical Chicago. This display was actually 2 identical arrangements created on square silver cube vases.
Foliage used was hedera ivy, fatsia, hedera helix and miniature spotted aspidestra. A vertical line of 'Candy' avalanche roses was put to one side then a fabulous stem of pink oriental orchids mirrored them to create a stunning visual impact.
Aluminium wire was curled to make long spirals and placed into the arrangement while we listened to the song 'razzle dazzle'.
Next month our demonstrator is Elizabeth Bishop with 'Magic of the East!'.
We will have our well stocked sales table for members to purchase their sundry requirements and the practice class before hand is 'Do the Continental' using a long, low container.
Think about shape, colour and texture in the plant material you choose from moss, fungus, nuts, sisal and dried material.
We are also hosting a coffee morning at Trinity Church on Saturday 12 April.
There will be a cake stall, bring and buy and a floral sundry table.
Coffee will be served from 9.30am till 12.45pm and everyone is welcome. Our members are reminded to bring items for the coffee morning to our meeting on 9th April or bring them on the Saturday morning. Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings and if anyone would like further information please contact Suzanne Sheldon on 07518 074185 or firstname.lastname@example.org