Some of you may remember that after the rainbow ‘Drive in’ flowers at the golf club, I was invited to repeat the commission for the New Year’s Eve dinner dance. It was always going to be a tough act to follow, and I didn’t make it easy for myself. Not only did I have a relatively last minute change of plan, but then also found myself unexpectedly driving round the island most of the morning chasing a ferry for my daughter and a strapless undergarment for me. Both crucial, obviously, but it definitely cut into the relaxed pottering/cutting/conditioning/arranging day I’d hoped for!
The plan was one large arrangement plus 24 table arrangements (for twelve tables of ten). I had been advised of a ‘silver’ theme and so had initially thought to incorporate sprayed silver seed heads in all the arrangements, but I found it ridiculously hard to get hold of silver spray (for some reason various online suppliers wouldn’t deliver to the Isle of Wight, and lots of shops I tried didn’t stock it). The one tin I had purchased was largely used up spraying the seed heads used in the arrangement I did for my sister (and two smaller ones I didn’t show) but there were a few left over and so I used those in the large arrangement.
As well as the seed heads, I added some wired silver baubles to the green base of Euphorbia characias ‘Wulfenii’, Garrya elliptica and some sage. I think the silver made the Garrya look a little ‘grubby’, but I still love those tassles!
Having run out of silver seed heads for the table decorations I had to improvise and part of that involved purloining Mimosa from our neighbour’s tree (thanks M & J!) as well as adding little clocks, as they seemed more appropriate for New Year than more Christmas baubles.
As with the October flowers, I found the blooms I had available didn’t really work together, but this time I ended up with just three colour schemes. Firstly, yellow, with the beautiful, fluffy Mimosa coupled with yet more Euphorbia,
And there they all are.
Only a potholed drive to the golf club and a couple of fraught journeys from car to tables before I was able to relax with a glass of fizz, safe in the knowledge that the flowers (and the bosom!) were in the right place.
With thanks as ever to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this lovely meme.