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Roses, Thorns and Prickles

A challenging title for this Class – Thorns and Prickles (must have some roses). The judging interpretation usually places the most emphasis on the first word so thorns would need to be predominant in designs for this Class of competition.

Thorns & Prickles

I wanted to use thorns other than rose ones so cut some bougainvillea branches and stripped the foliage, leaving just the thorns. I then bent them to a loop shape and wired this to allow the branches to dry and hold their shape. This was about a month before the competition.

Quite by accident I discovered that pine cones have a pointed end to each of the separate sections, making them prickly to touch – enter the filler for the centre of my design.  I have a beautiful old green glass (probably designed for a martini) with a cactus as the stem so knew this had to be the container for my design. To match the container with my design I have used a small piece of cactus as the centrepiece.

Roses with foliage and thorns in place have been used sparingly in the design along with a few thorny stems without flowers.


Sadly, as I benched this design I broke the glass. The repair was too obvious for the judges so it was marked down accordingly. There is a lot to be said for always having a back up container for every design!

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