Yup. I know it’s Tuesday, but since I was dying to write about Hopewell Valley Vineyards and its tasty pinot grigio yesterday, I put off writing about my garden club’s floral competition until today. I figured you wouldn’t mind. Right?
Yesterday, my Garden Club had a floral design competition. As an Advanced I floral designer my mission for the March competition was “A small design not to exceed 8″ in height, width or depth, staged on a 9″x9″ white cube provided by Committee, staged on table on a stage 47″ from floor. Top of the cube may be covered.”
Whew! It’s a mouthful, but it gives me very clear instructions so in I dove to the design process. Since our club’s theme this year is “Mother Earth” and the theme for March is “Elements,” I thought I’d create a design that gives a nod to one of the basic elements: fire. I thought about what I might do design-wise that would use maybe red roses since they are pretty readily available and one of the herbs, maybe the rosemary, that I have growing in a pot in my sunroom. A fire in the forest seemed to be a workable concept so I ran with it.
I doodled around a little bit on paper until I had the bones of a workable design, then I visited one of my fav florists, Bartlett’s Florist and Greenhouse in Clifton, N.J. to purchase my flowers. Bartlett’s didn’t have any red spray roses so I jumped at the orange roses that were yellow-tipped at their base; they look a lot like flames to me! And I added some ageratum since flames sometimes burn blue at the tips!
As I always do, I started with my greens. Now I know some designers insist that you should start with the flowers first, but I beg to differ. Different strokes, different folks. I’m sure I’ve won blue ribbons with my approach and I’m sure you’ve won blue with yours. We will agree to disagree, ok?
My concept — a forest fire — was straightforward. The rosemary represented the trees and then I began to add the roses — the flames. I diddled around a while until I had the roses sprinkled through the design so that when I squinted I could “see” the “fire.” Are ya still with me?!
Then I tosses in some ageratum to add blue-tipped flames to the design.
I don’t know if you remember me mentioning that as a designer you are basically competing against a point system; you are allotted 100 points, then the judges assess your design and deduct points in 3 different categories. The whole idea is to have the least (like none!) number of points deducted. Yesterday I dropped below the number of points necessary to be awarded a blue ribbon, but I held onto enough to be awarded a red (second) ribbon! I was happy.