Roundhill Flower and Garden Club – June 2021 Meeting – Garden Visit Thrussington

After having been forced to suspend our programme and demonstration meetings for fifteen months owing to the pandemic and resultant national lockdowns, Roundhill Flower and Garden Club was intent on resuming once social distancing restrictions had been sufficiently lifted.
The plan was to commence with our annual garden visit, this time to Thrussington, forcibly postponed from June 2020. Jennifer and Sharon, owners of the respective gardens, had continued to work extremely hard on maintenance in hopeful preparation, along with organisation of associated activities for the evening.
Thankfully, partial lifting of Covid restrictions by late June 2021 meant we could finally go ahead and once again meet in person as a NAFAS flower arranging club, albeit with adherence to remaining limitations, helped by the fact it was predominantly an outdoor event.
Even the weather played its part, as the sun shone during a mild evening amidst all the gloom and wet of previous weeks.
The two gardens neighboured each other. They were roughly the same width, although one was considerably longer. The benefit of a wide plot is that it facilitates large trees and shrubs as focal points, plus enabling deeper flower borders that can give a sense of lush plant growth, even in shaded areas beneath trees.
The shorter of the two gardens, with a woodland theme, had a beautifully shaped Acer Platanoides (Norway Maple) with its cream variegated foliage sited in a central position at the bottom of the garden. Beneath was a combination of ferns, herbaceous perennials and smaller shrubs. To side boundaries were other trees of differing heights, shapes and textures, including a purple-leaved Acer contrasting perfectly with lighter colours.
Two pillars of green and gold Euonymus were well on their way to forming an arch intended to grow above a bench, creating an ideally tranquil spot. Complimenting this was a dual level pond to the opposite side of the garden filled with white water lilies.
As with the first, the second, longer garden was designed around an open lawn. It too had many plants in pots as well as in borders and shaped flowerbeds. A paved, secluded seating area was bounded by trellis supporting a large wisteria, whilst a second more open patio had a gravelled surface. One border was for sun-loving plants, the other more shaded included a number of hostas.
A curving path of slabs set into the lawn led down through an arched pergola on which grew a pink climbing rose and clematis. Beyond was the lower section of the garden, again on a woodland theme with a variety of tall conifers, shade-loving planting in the borders beneath, plus a circular lily pond set into another paved seating area.
Associated events organised for the village hall were various stalls outside and a socially distanced flower arranging demonstration indoors. The evening ended with the raffle being drawn on the lawn outside the hall.
A great deal of hard work had gone into a very enjoyable evening. It was good to be back!