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Another interpretive design. This time the title suggested both things that get captured by the elements of nature as well as birds being captured in cages. Rather than try and separate the two ideas, I have combined them in this design.


The stand is one of those “must have” pieces of floral art equipment. It is actually an old counterweight from a telescope, solid heavy metal round base with a short straight metal arm. For this design it is painted brown but it is one of those items that seems to have a myriad of uses and lives in different colours.

The main plant material in this design is a spent flower head from a bangalow palm that has been (conveniently) weathered into a windswept shape. I rethreaded some of it amongst itself to give a very tangled look. It has a fleshy stem into which I have drilled a small hole so that it balances on the metal rod of the stand, keeping the whole design just above the bench – for this particular competition you must not have any plant material touching the bench.

Three green cane balls have been part filled with moss and a single strelitzia flower pushed into each at different angles. The balls have then been placed randomly in the tangles as though they have been “captured” by it. The added bonus is having a flower known as a “bird of paradise” captured in the design.

To add some green to the design I have threaded strips of liriope in different directions through the tangles.

This design placed first and even the other competitors commented on how well it told the story of the title “Captured”.

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