The challenge for a design of this type is to keep the “sparkle” (and embellishments) in balance with the plant material. In all competitions plant material must predominate.
Using a cake board base covered with a holly decorated serviette, I have placed an oversized glass goblet partially filled with green and gold Christmas baubles. I chose these colours to allow the plant material to match more easily and keep the design with a more subtle Christmas feel.
Lichen covered branches are grouped together and bound with paper covered wire to form a base for the fresh plant material. One large monsteria leaf covers the back of the design with woolly bush and kangaroo paw completing the placements. Small water vials are used within the central grouping and water in the baubles for hanging placements. (A great way to utilise baubles in your designs as a water source for fresh plant material).
For balance and repetition I have placed some woolly bush from the central placements down inside the container.
This design placed first in this class and was also awarded Reserve Champion of this Show.
Judges Comments: An innovative design suitable for a feature or table centre. Balance and placements are correct. The design may have benefitted visually by slightly more height to minimise the space created by the empty area of the glass container.