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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 15, 2009
10:06 AM

Post #6269314

A friend of mine got Bronze with her entry, after all the blood sweat & tears to think up the concept, create the piece, assemble it on site & then keep it nice for the 5 days on display she has said never again...
we will see:)
The marquee was very popular with queues up to an hour long to get in.
I was lucky & scored a free ticket & went on the final day so was able to wander happily snapping pics with very few crowds to contend with.
The theme for the the floral art was Hollywood.
so I will start with my friends entry of a directors chair...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 15, 2009
10:07 AM

Post #6269317

Close up of chair 'cushion'

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 15, 2009
10:10 AM

Post #6269324

will post more tomorrow...
but it started with a tribute to 'Sex in the City'

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2009
5:22 PM

Post #6270842

What a masterpiece that shoe is and what an ingenious idea of the directors chair. That is really different and so appropriate. What are the flowers attached to on the chair and did he make that chair as well?
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 15, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6271345

Hi dalfyre, great pictures!
Thanks for sharing the flower show. Love the chair, so much work involved. and the shoes are brilliant too!
I can't wait to see more!
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:36 AM

Post #6274143

haighr - the chair was part of the hard work out into the exhibit.
I was talking to the creator today & she commented on another piece that came apart...
she said that if you don't have sound mechanics then you are setting yourself up for failure.
I have never really had anything to do with floral art so it has been enlightening :)
I will have to ask exactly what flowers were used...
I know there were green chrysanthemums as we had a chat about how much 'oomph' they give to an arrangement.
As well as a shoe the first display had a handbag, an engagement ring & an assortment of sushi, cosmopolitans & other things pertaining to Sex & the City.
It was clever but the judges felt it was too cluttered...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:37 AM

Post #6274145

the ring...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:40 AM

Post #6274149

The Limelight...
and I just got it!
Doh...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:41 AM

Post #6274152

I thought this was impressive...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:44 AM

Post #6274157

looking down one row of displays

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:46 AM

Post #6274162

this looked so much better 'in the flesh'

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:49 AM

Post #6274169

hats off to this design...

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:51 AM

Post #6274172

this was really stunning

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:53 AM

Post #6274177

close up of orchids

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dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 16, 2009
9:54 AM

Post #6274180

different angle, looked good from all sides

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2009
11:56 AM

Post #6274372

Keep these coming dalfyre, I have never seen anything so incredible with flowers. That cake is a real piece of work. I like your friend's idea with the chair and purse and such, as a matter of fact I would be honored to wear such a ring that was outstanding! Judges don't know everything.
That "hats off" and the one before it are both incredible.
Terri get in here, some of these look like your work only on a hugeous scale! What marvels to see first thing in the morning, thanks for sharing.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 17, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6278178

the directors chair was done by my friend, she kept it simple - just the chair, a megaphone, clapboard & film spool.

the Sex in the City display was the shoe, handbag etc & done by a floral art group
I liked it but it was very 'busy' with all the small bits & bobs as well.
Unfortunately I was in a bit of a crowd & could not get far enough back to get a pic that took in the entire display.
My friend does some judging herself & felt that had there not been so much in that display they would have gained an award.
the sushi & other small bits would have made a really good display on their own, they were hard to see where they were positioned - hence no pics as I could not get a focus on them.
Shame as they were intriguing, I would have loved to have seen them closer to figure out how they made them.
soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2009
5:10 AM

Post #6279018

Dalfyre - so glad that you are sharing all those lovely arrangements with us. Thanks!!!!

Candee - I do see a lot of "terri" in some of those arrangements too. especially the rolled up cast iron plant leaves and the "cones" of flowers on the wedding cake. LoL. And the rolled up shiny metallic balls in the orchid/dress display.

Anyone know what the blue color flowers are in the shoe display?
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:14 AM

Post #6283656

there are more garden pics here...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/963255/

thought I would keep the floral art separate
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 18, 2009
6:19 AM

Post #6283664

something more traditional

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 18, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6284681

WoW, Tremendous! Thank you dalfyre, you really gave us a treat with these fantastic floral designs.
Is Ellerslie in New Zealand? Have you or your friend been to The Chelsea flower show over here in England? Your friends chair is beautiful, I hope she enters another show in the future!
I will go and check the rest of the show, Thanks again!



Candee, I would Love to make something on that huge scale! Thousands of flowers and leaves to play with LOL!

Dianne, I think the flowers on the shoes are delphinium buds, but not 100 per cent sure!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 18, 2009
11:41 PM

Post #6287125

Here is a link to the floral designs at Chelsea last year, if you would like to see!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/834623/
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 18, 2009
11:44 PM

Post #6287141

and here ... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/834618/
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 18, 2009
11:47 PM

Post #6287157

last one! ... http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/834622/
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
8:53 AM

Post #6288782

Terri - Ellerslie is a suburb of Auckland & a rotary group started the first Flower Show as a fundraiser.
It proved very popular & eventually they sold the name to a private enterprise.
The show became too big for the Ellerslie Racecourse site & moved to Manukau & then last year the rights to the name were bought by the Christchurch City Council & it migrated down here to the South Island.
Your pics of Chelsea last year are what inspired me to take so many of Ellerslie this year:)
I am sure Jan would love to go to Chelsea - I would too but higher on my list would be a trip to Crufts.
I love my garden but dogs are my number one hobby.
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 19, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #6288796

I loved your Chelsea pics - they weren't the ones I remember seeing...
those were of the show gardens.
I have never done floral art but am thinking I would like to try it as all these wonderful arrangements have given me ideas.
Must speak to Jan at work & see what she suggests...
dalfyre
Christchurch
New Zealand

March 20, 2009
10:16 AM

Post #6293705

someone asked what the flowers were in the shoe...
the blue is gentian.
And the flowers in the directors chair are green chrysanthemums - two different kinds and rose buds.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2009
3:01 PM

Post #6294699

Thanks for the ID dalfyre, the names are usually on the tip of my tongue and then they get swallowed up! LOL
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 20, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6295932

Hi Teresa! my namesake LOL!
Thank you for the info about your flower show. Glad you enjoyed the Chelsea floral designs, I kept them seperate from the main show so we could add our designs when the inspiration arrives!!
Good to hear you are getting interested in floral design, ask Jan about flower clubs, there should be one in your area. We welcome and love to see anyone willing to stick some flowers in a vase!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 20, 2009
7:43 PM

Post #6295954

The show gardens! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/851950/
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

April 2, 2009
9:29 PM

Post #6355989

Hi Teresa!

Here's some pictures of arrangements at the flower club I attend once a month.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/970535/

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