THE November Open Evening was a success for the floral club with Nicky Heal demonstrating.

Nicky is a famers son living on the edge of the Quantocks, he has a florist shop in Taunton and during the last couple of years has started growing flowers to sell wholesale to local outlets. He concentrates on Dahlias, Sunflowers and many more varieties. He is a noted worker with willow and his demonstration was as entertaining as it was instructive.

The first display was an autumn-coloured triangular arrangement consisting of copper-coloured leaves, pincushion proteas, dahlia’s, Angiocaths (kangaroo paw) taking pride of place three Strelitzia reginae stems.

Broughton Floral Club are now trying to use less and less oasis so chicken wire in a metal urn came next. The blue of the flowers blended with the urn, stems of hydrangea, spirea, alstroemeria, dahlias, aconitum and finishing with brassica oleracea. Making it all a little different Nicky hung air plants from the foliage.

A square dish filled with Bergenia leaves, viburnum spikes, moluccella (Bells of Ireland), green Anastasia chrysanthemums and three apricot amaryllis stems. Red roses and carnations finished the display, which was then placed into an old chair seat.

Nicky who makes a thousand Christmas wreath rings for Christmas each year, quickly displayed how to make a wreath ring, with blue spruce, dried limes, pumpkins, gourds, and crab apples.

A woven willow star was filled with just three flowers a green chrysanthemum, a white rose and red carnations, fatsia leaves were then placed behind the willow, an idea for a door display.

A white horizontal arrangement displayed on a weathered wooden sledge was the icing on the cake, baby blue eucalyptus stems, cineraria leaves, dahlias, chrysanthemum Ping Pong, cream Eustoma stems finishing with stems of cymbidium and dendrobium orchids. A smaller similar companion was added which had been prepared earlier.

Finally, Nicky a wiz at leaf manipulation demonstrated how it could be achieved in seconds – adding the leaves to a tropical display with fatsia leaves, bronze chrysanthemums, blackjack dahlias, pink protea and wired gold baubles.

The next Broughton Floral Club meeting is Wednesday December 1 at 7pm. This is a workshop designed to help make Christmas decorations such as door wreaths. All visitors are welcome.