Christmas magic in the air at flower circle

Julie Colton
Julie Colton

The autumn meeting of the Wigtown Flower Circle last Wednesday evening in the primary school had a touch of Christmas magic about it.

Demonstrator Julie Culton from Freuchie in Fife was introduced by chairman Allan Murphie and left the members enthralled and inspired with her ‘Season’s Glow’ themed presentation.

She stated with a circular arrangement for a table centre or coffee table at the festive season. The colours of bright yellow roses were complimented by a base of variegated eleagnus and green Anastasia with the finishing touch of a battery lighted candle in the centre to give the display that extra dimension.

Julie then moved on to her next arrangement using a display bowl with a long glass stem. In the centre she placed long tall stems of red amaryllis before filling the bowl with sweet scented rosemary and purple gerbera. This stunning arrangement was finished off with small purple Dendrobium Orchids. For a bit of Christmas sparkle she added purple glitter covered leaves and a white candle.

An old-fashioned lantern on a long curved stand was up next with bronze the main theme colour. Julie skilfully wove bronze ferns and eucalyptus leaves into her design before adding the highlights, gold chrysanthemums, glorious orange and red ‘Mario’ roses and an exquisite bronze orchid. The flowing lines of soft Ruscus used to mirror the curve of stand added to this Bronzed and glittered leaves and Bronzed Eucalyptus Fuego Chrysanthemum, these were bronze and tinged with yellow Red Mario Roses and a stunning Bronze Cymbiddium Orchid.

A homely Christmas fireplace was her next theme, inspired by a tour of Harrods Christmas windows on a shopping trip to London some years ago. The top of the ‘mantelpiece’ was piled high with spruce and Scots pine fronds and, of course, the festive favourite, holly. To this she added deep red carnations and red ‘Freedom’ roses. As her husband is a gamekeeper the finishing touches were pheasant tail feathers and a pair of antlers, topped off by a string of battery operated fairy lights. The total effect was breathtaking.

Julie brought her demonstration to a conclusion with a spiral design that saw her use lots of frothy gypsophilia and beautiful ‘Madonna’ lilies, which she had ‘glittered’ on the inside. Double lisianthus and cream gerberas were added before the arrangement was completed with a huge white eustoma to great effect.

After a hearty round of applause for Julie from the members, Pauline Todd secretary of Wigtown Flower Circle led the audience in according Julie a well deserved vote of thanks. Pauline and Julie both sat there Demonstrators test at the same time. Afterwards the arrangements were raffled for club funds.