Color in Floral Design by Guest Blogger RGC Member Gretchen Collins

Color in Floral Design by Guest Blogger RGC Member Gretchen Collins

These designs were in a flower in New Hampshire a few years ago. Several of these designs received blue ribbons for their class. Please note that these photos may not be reproduced.

          

                                          Design 1                                                          Design 2

Design 1: A metal sculpture was painted pink, red, and orange. Foam tubes and colorful flowers finish the look. The gerbera daisies are in water tubes. This design received The Designer’s Choice Award, purple rosette, and The Artistic Design Award, gold rosette.

Design 2: In this design a grid was made with flax leaves. Blocks  were formed with red, yellow, and orange roses and edged with green trick dianthus. This wasn’t an easy design to assemble. This design lost points as it exceeded the size of the background, but it still earned a blue ribbon.

          

                                            Design 3                                                         Design 4

Design 3: Lavender and red contrast and fly through the space in this design. Points were taken off since the background is undersized for the design.

Design 4: Red, pink, and lavender are skillfully combined in this design. The red anthuriums are a perfect accent. It was not easy to narrow down the top ribbon in this section and this was a close second.

Daffodil Inspirations – Quick Design & Style Pointers from the 2019 Annual Daffodil Show by Guest Blogger RGC Member Gretchen Collins

Daffodil Inspirations – Quick Design & Style Pointers from the 2019 Annual Daffodil Show by Guest Blogger RGC Member Gretchen Collins

Since we are now looking at daffodils, jonquils, and narcissus in our gardens, I thought it would be fun to see them used creatively. The Georgia Daffodil Society’s Annual Daffodil Show, which is coming up soon, is a great opportunity to do just that.

Here’s a quick look at designs from last year’s show in anticipation of this year’s show. Perhaps you’ll find inspiration for your own daffodil designs.

                                       Design 1                                                        Design 2                                                             Design 3

                                       Design 4                                                  Design 5                                              Design 6

Design 1, a mass design, shows a beautiful blending of several varieties. You can see how it is laced with spirals of vine and plastic tubing. The orange background was a perfect accent for this.

Design 2’s yellow accessories add interest to this creative design.

Design 3 is quite unusual. We do not often see daffodils underwater. The blue marbles help tie these containers together.

Design 4, another underwater design, is a most unusual and a skillful curving of foliage emphasized the roundness of the vases. You can see the judges loved this design!

Design 5’s two components add a creative touch to the design.

Design 6’s yellow plastic ribbon and lemons add an accent to the blooms. By the way, this is my design.

I took pictures of each of these designs because they were inspirational to me. The 2020 Annual Daffodil Show is March 7 in the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Kingfisher Hall from 12:00 – 5:00. At the show, in addition to the design section, there are hundreds of varieties of Narcissus to see. I often find a new, to me, type to plant in my yard for the following year. I hope to see you there!

P.S. If you are wondering why I called all of these daffodils, here are a few definitions from the Georgia Daffodil Society, https://georgiadaffodilsociety.com/. ““Daffodil” is the accepted, English term for all species and hybrid flowers of the genus Narcissus. “Narcissus” is the Latin, botanical (scientific) term for the genus, both species and cultivars. “Jonquil” is the accepted English term for hybrid flowers derived from the species plant Narcissus jonquilla. In the deep South, often a Daffodil is a big daffodil flower, a Jonquil is a smaller flower (usually yellow), and a Narcissus is a bunch flower (properly called a tazetta, once called “polyanthus”).”