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Bright colours wow at flower demonstration

Thursday, 01 May 2014

This month’s demonstrator at Sidmouth Flower Arrangment Club was new to members. Angela Hyland comes from St Austell and is a teacher as well as qualifying two-years-ago as a demonstrator. She gave really good value by doing six designs, two of which had added extras to finish the overall picture. To start with arrangers were treated to spring border full of garden foliage and a wonderfully colourful mixture of flowers. This was one with a smaller matching arrangement to go with it. Constance Spry was something of a heroine for Angela because of her formative influence on the English style of floral design. Members were kept entertained with details of Mrs Spry’s life and work while Angela produced a classic large white urn piece full of lilies, roses, carnations and wax flowers; quite perfect for a large country house. In contrast they had a Japanese style trough using carefully placed contorted hazel, vivid pink azalea and sprigs of lime green acer. This year is NAFAS Emerald Anniversary so in honour of this members were treated to an eye catching large green pot with a tall design of molucella, anthuriams and cymbidium orchids, very handsome. An oversized cocktail glass filled with pale pink roses and cerise germinis with floating sisal was enhanced further with two extra small glasses to match it. For a grand finale Angela used purple alium flowers in an inverted cone container along with mauve and dark red roses and carnations; not a colour combination that comes readily to mind but it really did work. The applause was very enthusiastic.

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