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Topiary Sunday for Flower Show Competition Monday!

Almost every month October-April my garden club has a floral design competition. This month I signed up to compete; I’m an Advanced II designer this year and was required to create “A Small Design not to exceed 8” in height, width or depth, staged on a 9”x9” white cube provided by committee, staged on a table on stage 42” from floor. Believe it or not, that’s a pretty broad design category!

Wanting to do something “different” than a traditional design in a vase, I created a small topiary. It took me three hours to complete from clipping the branch I used for the topiary stem to adding the last flower to the oasis ball. The design, as small as it is, used a lot of flowers. I really enjoyed the process and by the time I showed my husband Mike and daughter Tory the finished design I told them it didn’t matter if it won a ribbon because I enjoyed the design process so much. And I meant it!

Would you like to see how I did it? Take a look!

First I cut a stick to length, carved dampened oasis into a right-sized ball, joined the two and inserted them into a small terra cotta pot I "aged" for a previous design last year.

I purchased the fresh flowers on Friday and had them "conditioning" in my cool basement until I needed them.

I started by inserting flowers near the top, remembering I had a maximum height restriction.

I worked my way around the ball, alternating flowers by shape and size as I went. Carnations are not the best flower to insert into a design ball this small!

It gets challenging the more flowers you add. And I didn't read any how-to instructions before I started. Duh!

Almost finished. It was a challenge to keep the carnations stuck firmly in the oasis ball!

Here's the finished design, which I photographed then took to my cool, cool basement to sleep overnight! The cooler you keep the arrangement the better it looks for the next day's competition!



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Garden Club Flower Show Results: Surprising!

A Blue Ribbon, Wow!

I didn't think I had wrestled my plant material into blue ribbon form so today's ribbon was a wonderful surprise!

I submitted my “small” floral design this morning at 8 a.m.; small-standard flower show judging began at 9 a.m.; and results were publicly available at 1 p.m., when the garden club’s Annual Holiday Tea and Flower Show began. When I dropped my design off I saw one other “small” designer, my friend Kathleen, but not her design as it was neatly tucked away to protect it from the cold. Neither Cynthia nor Nina, two other friends and fellow competitors, had arrived yet. The four of us were competing in the “small” category. Typically, Kathleen and I compete against each other as we are on the same “level,” while Cynthia and Nina are one level of experience and expertise higher. All three designer friends are very talented and all four of us bring a different design esthetic to the table. I was really looking forward to seeing how each woman interpreted the theme in her design!

Imagine my surprise when I heard I had taken a blue ribbon today! I was delighted. . .and amazed, considering my talented friends. Take a look at their designs and you’ll definitely see what I mean:

Today was my lucky day!

My design, which I showed you yesterday.

A gorgeous "creative" design; I aspire to start doing creative designs; it's a big leap (for me) from the "traditional" style designs I do.

Kathleen's wreath! I'm in love with it!

Nina's design is so evocative of the season. Boxwood rocks!

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