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The March meeting was in-house when members produce designs for the club and is always popular.

Frances Barnett was first to take the stage.  An unusual tall, slender metal mesh stand was used wifh a dish containing the Oasis at the top was wrapped with purple ribbon.  An outline was created with fatsia, phormium, rubus and skimmia and some grey sticks which had been sprayed with sparkle.  Magenta carnations, white alstromeria, white roses, mauve freesias and pink tulips were inserted.  A second arrangement was placed at the base of the design and a box of pale mauve ostrich feathers was draped linking the two designs.

A complete change came next when Joy Lovelock, a student of Ikebana, executed three Spring designs and gave information on the principles of Ikebana.  A half-moon black container (Hana-isho) was used for this design with a kenzan to hold two inclining stems of cherry blossom and two camellias.  For the second design a round black container (Moribana) was used and stems of cherry blossom were inserted together with some small white chrysanthemums, blue irises and deep pink roses.  The last design in a Heika had a structure inside to hold the contorted willow and blue irises.  Apparently, irises represent the samural for strength and the leaves are their swords.

Jan Gordon, Chairman, came to the stage with a large glass jar filled with sisal, eggshells, apples, orange, glass beads and a trail of ivy and a container fixed to the top of the jar.  An outline was created with various types of foliage including jasmine, fatsia, choisya, viburnam, pittisporum Torm Thumb, garrya elliptica, cherry blossom, pussy willow and camellia.  Orange roses, yellow and cream gerberas, pink spray carnations were added.  A smaller glass jar containing similar itmes to the larger jar with white phalaenopsis orchids, tete-a-tete daffodils and a succulent completed this design.  A very colourful idea for Easter.

Jan's second design used similar colourful flowers with some eggshells and glassy large leaves.

Editorial by Jan Read

A most enjoyable afternoon with some new ideas for membrs.

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