On an evening borrowed from high summer, the members of the Wigtown Flower Circle gathered in Wigtown Primary School for their Spring meeting last Wednesday and enjoyed the flower arranging talents of demonstrator Jane Gordon from Paisley.
Jane’s theme for the evening was “A Spirit of Adventure” and as she worked she told stories and anecdotes from her working life, her favourite skiing holidays and from competing at prestigious horticultural venues like The Chelsea Flower Show, Harrogate and Bournemouth.
Jane’s first creation was based on her work as receptionist at a swimming pool and depicted swimming as an adventure. The arrangement was based on horizontal lines created with Eucalyptus parvifolia, purple Statice and featured yellow ‘Tara’ roses, Hosta leaves, and white Carnations.
The high Alps of Switzerland are Jane and her family’s number one holiday destination and her second design reflected the ‘adventure’ of heading away on holiday. Based on the pristine slopes of the ski resorts, white Chrysanthemums blooms and Alstroemeria shone out from a background of aspidistra and ivy leaves, bear grass and generous cuts from the shrubby laconia bush.
Flying is always an ‘adventure’ for one reason or another so Jane used a metal grid stand as a base for her ‘aeroplane’ design which used the striking combination of purple Liatris spicata, Cryptomeria japonica and manipulated Aspidistra leaves orange roses and magenta spray Chrysanthemums,
The ‘adventure’ of being an exhibitor at the horticultural Mecca that is The Chelsea Flower Show was ably portrayed by Jane who based her ‘Little garden seat for Chelsea’ design on a miniature chair. From the seat sprang Phormium tenax, Hosta and Eucalyptus leaves, a backdrop for the blooms of variegated Weigela, pink Lilies, pink Roses, purple Statice and sugar pink spray carnations. Jane spoke about the need to give arrangements a three-dimensional aspect by extending the bloom out in front as well as up and to the side.
A tropical holiday destination was our next ‘adventure’ with Jane as she deftly combined fresh and dried examples of the tall, slim Strelitzia leaf before adding in the piece de resistance, the stunning flower of the Strelitzia, better known as the bird of paradise flower. The exotic theme was continued with the introduction of Kentia palm , Fatsia japonica and Bergenia cordifolia leaves before the arrangement reached boiling point with blood red Gerbera, deep red spray Carnations and bright yellow Alstroemeria
After a hearty round of applause from the appreciative audience, Wigtown Flower Circle convenor Pauline Todd thanked Jane for coming to entertain the meeting and afterwards the arrangements were raffled for club funds.