Roundhill Flower and Garden Club

5. The ‘Saint’ Book & TV

July was a busy month for members of Roundhill Flower and Garden Club. As our June garden visit had to be postponed owing to the extremely wet and windy weather, the event was rescheduled for late July.
This time we were extremely lucky weather wise, so had a lovely evening in the warm sunshine visiting a selection of different style gardens in the village of Queniborough. The owners had opened especially for us, and both members plus guests very much appreciated the trouble they had all taken. Our visit began and ended at the home of a hedgehog rescue centre, where we were able to view the ‘hogs’ and learn about the dedicated work being carried out. Refreshments were available including some delicious home-made cakes in generous size portions. Another home owner provided a plant stall, a magnet for those of us interested in gardening or flower arranging.
A week later we were meeting again, this time for our usual monthly floral demonstration. Our demonstrator was Jean Fordham from Nottinghamshire, this time with the title of ‘Saints’.
Beginning with a pedestal design in reference to Southhampton football club, known as ‘The Saints’, we were taken on a floral depiction of various other saints recognised nationally and internationally.
Saints dedicated to countries comprising the United Kingdom featured significantly. Saint George was there for England, with bright red anthurium used to depict his shield set amongst white delphinium and bare stems as his sword. Scotland’s St. Andrew was represented by muted shades of blue and mauve suggesting heather clad hills, with eryngium used as thistles. For Wales, St. David was interpreted via a contemporary plaque design incorporating various shades of green highlighted by bright yellow achillea indicating the colour of the daffodil.
Northern Ireland and Eire’s St Patrick was of course depicted by an all-green arrangement using the Anastasia chrysanthemum to full effect.
St Valentine had to be on the list, and was portrayed by pink gerbera and roses mixed with mauve limonium set in front of a large woven heart.
For people of a ‘certain age’, there was a reflection back to the 1960’s TV series, ‘The Saint’. His halo insignia, recreated by ribbon covered wire hoops, was set into mirror-imaging twin designs with arching burgundy calla lilies and bright yellow roses.
To close, flower arranging itself was the focus as St. Dorothea, patron saint of florists and gardeners, was personified by an exotic arrangement using red roses; fatsia; trimmed palm leaves; and curled aspidistra, placed on a stand above a mound of highly polished red apples, the fruit she is often pictured holding.