Now that we’re half-way through August, a new wave of perennials is blooming (hello, Daylilies!), and Chester gardens are changing from early summer’s pinks and blues to late summer’s yellows and oranges. Memories of the Club’s Flower Show and Tea tend to fade with time but the urge to create our own own designs has not gone away. Perhaps the photos in this second post, showing more highlights of the event, may serve as a wee reminder of some of the arrangements seen at this year’s show and perhaps they will spur viewers on to trying something new.
The theme of a parallel design was introduced as a new class this year.
This approach to a parallel design showed three identical, but quite separate, units placed side by side.
Jocelyn took home the Dudley Lees trophy for her entry in the class “Shoots, Roots and Fruits”.
The entries in the miniature class “fairy Dust” were really really tiny!
Another delicate arrangement in a teacup.
Heather presented Jane with the Janet Piers Award for the best arrangement incorporating water.
Another successful parallel design that might have been inspired by a sailboat.
Sophie, a junior, captured the McNeill trophy for the Novice Best in Show.
The ethereal appearance of the Smokebush cuttings add a delicacy to this arangement.
And, throughout the afternoon, the tearoom was filled with visitors.
A graceful arc in this arrangement using Astilbes, daisies and ivy.
The many delicate little arrangements entered in the miniature class were much admired.
Yet another interpretation of parallel design.
A soft golden array of daylilies was entered in the “180 degree Vista” – designs to be viewed from one side only.
Exhibitors took the parallel design to heart.
Marcie encouraged visitors to mark their ballots for the Popular Choice trophy.
Fresh stems of Goldenrod dominated this wildflower display.
A freely-constructed arrangement in the “Basket of Dreams” class.
Delphiniums, roses and an eclectic selection of other plants went into this design.
A close-up of Sophie’s entry in the “Tranquil Forest” themed class.