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.
A graceful arc in this arrangement using Astilbes, daisies and ivy.
The theme of a parallel design was introduced as a new class this year.
Sophie, a junior, captured the McNeill trophy for the Novice Best in Show.
This approach to a parallel design showed three identical, but quite separate, units placed side by side.
Yet another interpretation of parallel design.
Marcie encouraged visitors to mark their ballots for the Popular Choice trophy.
The entries in the miniature class “fairy Dust” were really really tiny!
The many delicate little arrangements entered in the miniature class were much admired.
Jocelyn took home the Dudley Lees trophy for her entry in the class “Shoots, Roots and Fruits”.
Fresh stems of Goldenrod dominated this wildflower display.
Exhibitors took the parallel design to heart.
Heather presented Jane with the Janet Piers Award for the best arrangement incorporating water.
A close-up of Sophie’s entry in the “Tranquil Forest” themed class.
And, throughout the afternoon, the tearoom was filled with visitors.
Another successful parallel design that might have been inspired by a sailboat.
Delphiniums, roses and an eclectic selection of other plants went into this design.
Another delicate arrangement in a teacup.
A freely-constructed arrangement in the “Basket of Dreams” class.
A soft golden array of daylilies was entered in the “180 degree Vista” – designs to be viewed from one side only.
The ethereal appearance of the Smokebush cuttings add a delicacy to this arangement.