Stanhoe news

4 August 2023

A glass of flowers

Stanhoe WI members learn from an expert floral arranger.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members had a big treat at their August meeting when Crystal Dyball, a NAFAS demonstrator, created four stunning flower arrangements in front of them, all the while explaining about the suitability of the plants and the techniques being used.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Crystal Dyball in a spotted dress standing with red flowers and green foliage in a giant long-stemmed glass

Crystal Dyball with her giant cocktail glass

The arrangements were a “Cocktail in a Cocktail Glass”, using green net to look like the liquid, and ferns, a tall grass, contrast leaves and red Carnations for effect on top; this was followed by “A Handheld Bouquet” of tightly packed stems of greenery, pinky-green Hydrangeas, and greeny-white Roses; and then an “All Round” arrangement in a china tureen, with a scrunchy aluminium wire support, packed with pink Gerbera, pink Roses, Hypericum buds, and Phantom Grass; and finally a “Hanging Arrangement” in an oblong “paddle pot” was created highlighting Hosta leaves with a creamy edge, yellow Roses, and long Phormium leaves.

Colourful flowers hanging in a rustic cube-shaped frame

The hanging arrangement

All four stunning arrangements were given as raffle prizes for lucky members to take home.

Pink, yellow and green flowers and foliage in a china bowl, with a decorated tureen in front

All-round arrangement

Crystal Dyball standing as she prepares a bouquet

Handheld bouquet

After tea and biscuits the business meeting, taken by a Vice President, highlighted events to come, which includ two walks, three workshops, a visit by our new WI Adviser, and the need to move our Centenary Tree to a larger space as its growth is being restricted.

Coctail glass and bouquet arrangements on the Village Hall piano, with old photos and tapestry behind

Cocktail and bouquet

It was a very busy, very happy meeting, with beautiful flowers to enjoy.

Posted by: Charles
Posted on: 4 August 2023