Flower Arranging- July

Pink is not my favourite colour, but this combination of tints, tones and shades of red I find pleasing. Natures colours are far easier to combine
than man-made ones.

This footed container raises the design which gives added elegance. I filled it with wet foam so that it came about an inch above the rim. This enabled me to angle the side placements to give flow to the material.
I began with the last red Tulips of the season, added the vivid pink of modern florists roses and continued
with the red tones of maroon and pink Croton leaves, and stems of pinky red Hypericum. A walk around the garden looking for materials that would compliment and contrast with the chosen colours produced the strap like leaves of Phormium to give height, and I selected long stems of Berberris Thumbegii and the red Physocarpus for my other line material. These
helped me get a good outline for a traditional triangle shape.

The rounder, eye catching shapes of the Roses, Tulips and Hypericum were placed in the centre to hold the
eye and I added some lime green for drama (green Physocarpus and Hellebore) before filling in any spaces with more red Physocarpus.

The little stool on which the design is displayed was made by the father of a student. She kept coming to class with beautifully turned wooden bases which her father had produced, along with wooden mushrooms and modern containers. Finally at my request he made a classical Pedestal for my Demonstrations and then came this
little stool as a thank you to me. How I treasure it. I treasure just as much the very old, much scarred country stool which belonged to my Great
Grandmother. Each stool beautiful in its own way and so useful to the flower arranger to raise and enhance designs.

Gayle Shell