Christmas comes early with floral demonstration

JANET Hayton was the demonstrator at the November meeting of Caistor and District Fower Club, when the audience of more than 80 was awed by her designs based on ‘So this is Christmas’.

They were also entertained by her many stories connected to previous Christmases, including decorating York Minster on Christmas Eve each year.

Christmas Log was the first item of the evening, explaining the burning of a log over the Christmas period started in Scandinavia. Ivy, holly, red carnations and gerberas were used for this arrangement, which was followed by a representation of a bowl of fruit, using cotoneaster and bergenia leaves, with oranges sliced in half on sticks, together with yellow carnations and cherry brandy roses.

The ballet most associated with the festive season is, of course, the Nutcracker Suite, which was portrayed in the next design in a nutshell shaped container on a tall stand, with pine, golden privet, pink gladioli and peach Avalanche roses.

An upside Christmas tree had fascinated Janet when it was re-introduced recently and she incorporated lotus pods, gilded strelitzia leaves, black Thai and bergenia leaves with green anthurium, orchids and Prada carnations for her penultimate design.

For her final arrangement, Janet included sparkling reindeer around which she used icicles, pine leaves, small ornamental cabbages, white lilies, carnations and roses to round off the evening, which received great applause.

Mulled wine and mince pies were served and donations from the refreshments will go to the Lindsey Hospice.