Friday, March 27, 2015

A Return to Finish the Geffrye Museum Period Gardens, London, England-May 2014!

Entrance to the Geffrye Museum of Domestic Interiors
Another Look at the Hedge Germander and Santolina Knot Garden
Chives in Bloom in Raised Beds in the Late Elizabethan Garden
Southernwood-The 2014 Herb of the Year in Late Elizabethan Garden
The Mid-late Georgian Garden
The Auricula Theatre in the Mid-late Georgian Garden
Rosa 'De Meaux'
A Wild and Crazy Lemon Verbena!
Mid-late Victorian Bedding Bed!

Mid-late Victorian Glasshouse
One More Mid-late Victorian Bedding Bed
An Edwardian Perennial Bed
Rosa 'Irene Watts'
I just have a few more posts from my 2014 visit to London, England.  I return to finish my post about The Geffrye period gardens.  Just outside the walled herb garden there is a long path of another garden rooms at the back of The Geffrye Museum of the Home.

In the Period Garden Rooms Guide it states:  "These gardens have been created to show the changing nature of English town gardens.  They form a series of garden rooms, to complement the period rooms inside the museum.  The layout of the gardens, the types of plants used and their arrangement within the beds are based on recent research into middle-class gardens in London and other major towns in England.  This research is ongoing, and these gardens will be developed as new evidence comes to light.
It really has become one of my must see gardens in London.  Every plant is very well marked.  There are wonderful signs going from period garden to period garden.  Describing what kind of gardens were popular for the period and giving a list of just some of the plants used.  It is a wonderful place for learning.  There was a group of school children running through the gardens taking notes.  It was so wonderful to see them enjoying the different plants and garden styles.  They will always remember their visit and hopefully it has sprouted many new gardeners.

Well we have returned to January if only for a couple of days!  It was flurrying earlier!  Yikes!  I did get myself a little herbal gift to cheer The Herbal Husband and me up!   It had 6" Lavender on the side of the pot.  I'm thinking it is either a 'green fringed' or a 'Goodwin Creek'.  It was decided on my Facebook page that it is a 'Goodwin Creek' one of my favorites.  Either way it will be going into my lavender container that was pirated for someone's tomato plant last season.  It will be perfect for my upcoming talk on herbal containers.   So I'll keep posting in the next few days while I'm still stuck inside.  Hope you have a great weekend.  Talk to you soon.

 'Goodwin Creek' Lavender

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Afternoon Tea at Bea's of Bloomsbury, London, England--May, 2014

The Menu at Bea's of Bloomsbury
The Scones and Desserts
The Sandwiches
A Pot of Lemon Verbena Tea
Bea's Are Known For Their Cupcakes!
During the last couple of trips to England, I have extra time to take afternoon tea which I love.  In 2013 I discovered Bea's of Bloomsbury near St. Paul's Cathedral.  It is a very small space but cozy.  I think Bea is originally from the Maryland or DC area of the United States.  She has left her mark on afternoon tea in London with her outstanding cupcakes.  I really loved my afternoon tea in 2013.  This time the dessert tray was filled with banana bread, blueberry lemon bread, vanilla marshmallow meringues and a vanilla passion fruit cupcake and of course, scones.  The sandwiches are cute and little and interesting fillings. This time there was not enough filling in any of the sandwiches and if I hadn't written the fillings down in my journal, I would not have remember them today.  They were tuna and cucumber, BBQ Pork and Cheddar and Roasted Pepper.   I always have lemon verbena tea when I go there and it was very good.  The one redeemed factor is that Bea's scones are at the top of my list as far as scones go.  When I go again, I will just have a cream tea which is scones, clotted cream and jam and tea.  If you really love dessert, Bea's of Bloomsbury is the place for you.  Will be finishing my visit to the gardens at the Geffrye Museum next time.

Ever changing weather here it was 70 yesterday and the 30's tonight and back in the teen's for lows on Saturday.  The weathermen are assuring Pittsburghers that this is the end of the January weather!  And the end of March next week!  It has been a long month!  Hope you had a great day.  Talk to you later.   

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RHS Malvern Spring Festival-May 2014-Part Four!

Matthewman Sweet Peas
Hooksgreen Herbs
Hooksgreen Herbs
A Wonderful Selection of Herbs!  Sadly Not for Me!
Avon Bulbs
D'Arcy & Everest-Alpine Troughs
Blackmore &  Langdon Ltd.-Begonias & Delphiniums
Warmenhaven-Amaryllis, Allium & Ornithogalum
Dinnertime After A Long Day of Walking At RHS Malvern Spring Festival!
Typical English Meat Pie, Chips and Peas!
The Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern
Two of My Favorites!  Thanks for Spending Your Day with Me!
As you can see by all of my posts, there is a lot to see at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.  Until I went to the Chelsea Flower Show in 1996, I had never seen flowers, vegetables and herbs displayed in unusual ways.  If you can't get to see the Chelsea Flower Show in London, please think about going to Great Malvern and going to the 2015 RHS Malvern Spring Festival.  It is sure to be a good one.

I want to give a very special thank you to two of the kindest people on the planet, my friends, Simon and Debs Cook.  They have opened their arms to me and taken me lots of places including Great Malvern that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.  Love you two immensely!  So I'm going to continue with other English posts.  We still have to finish the Geffrye Museum gardens.  There is more to show you there.  Then there is another tea and garden to be seen.  So please stay tuned.

Weather is mild here.  We had some rain today.  We are going to the 50's today and tomorrow we will have rain and falling temperatures and then taking one final plunge over the weekend hopefully with some flurries!  March never has a dull moment.  Talk to you soon.

Monday, March 23, 2015

RHS Malvern Spring Festival-May 2014-Part Three!

The Geese Were Very Calm
The Chickens Were Scratching!
Look At This Rosemary!
Urban Herbs on Display
Southfield Nurseries-Cacti and Succulents
Pheasant Acre Plants-Tulips, Alliums & Other Flowers Grown From Bulbs
Wildegoose Nursery Home of Bouts Violas
Letham Plants-Dicentras
Cooks Garden Centre-Hardy & Tender Patio Plants
Plants4Presents-Citrus Trees in Fruit & Flower
Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants-Herbaceous Perennials
Stonecrop Herbs-Herbs, Citrus, Mediterranean Plants & Trees
Priorswood Clematis-Clematis and Climbers
As I have said before the RHS Malvern Spring Festival has a bit of everything for every kind of gardener or farmer.  It has livestock and then the beautiful displays like the Chelsea Flower Show.  I had never seen flowers, vegetables or herbs displayed like they do at Chelsea.  This is a very inspiring show.  If you are ever in England in early May, be sure to go to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.  Great Malvern is a beautiful area even without the festivals.

Still cold here but sunny.  Looking for several nice days where we can go and clip down our perennials and get ready for the warmer temperatures.  Hope spring or autumn has come your way.  I have one more part of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival from last year to share with you and then we will finish posting about my 2014 England trip before we get back out in the gardens for the 2015 season.  Will probably talk to you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

RHS Malvern Spring Festival--May 2014--Part Two!

A Quiet Garden by The Quiet Garden Trust
A Fruity Story by Twigs Gardens
Blush by Outer Spaces Design Ltd.
Shears & Chardonnay by Jody Lidgard of Bespoke Outdoor Spaces
The Living with Parkinson's Garden by Keyscape on Behalf of Parkinson's UK
Bringing Nature Home by Graduate Gardeners Ltd.
Ooooh...It Makes Me Wonder? by Groundesigns
Never Pass Up a Vendor with Herb in the Title!
Wish I Could Take Some of These Plants Home!
My Favorite Looks Good!
A Bit of Herb Design in the Sales Area
Even a Butcher Selling Wonderful Meat!
Winner of the Small Trough/Miniature Garden
Winner of the School Division Best Trough!
Continuing with my posts about the 2014 Malvern Spring Festival, with show gardens and other bits and pieces that make this Festival great.  Really the show gardens were just as nice as Chelsea only on a small scale.  I just can't begin to imagine how you come up with an idea and then execute it with plants and structures.  I think it must take great teamwork above all.

Only wish I could have taken some herb plants home.  Got to work with the TSA on that one!  The Cottage Herbery will sadly not be at any RHS shows, but from a look at where they will be across the UK countryside, they will be busy.  They are open for organized groups.  So contact them if you would like a tour for your group.  Kim Hurst is the author of a new book published by Timber Press called "Hidden Histories Herbs".  I'm looking forward to getting a copy in the very near future.

Was happy to see the butcher and other stalls promoting UK products.  Malvern reminded me a lot of the Philadelphia Flower Show with the competitions of different flowers and vegetables.  I particularly was fond of the troughs, both first place awards were particularly good.  The school awards made me smile because you should always try to get your children involved in gardening in any aspect.  So I have more photos to share tomorrow.  Going to try and get this trip posted by the end of the week.  It is almost a year ago that it happened!

The sun is trying to shine here.  We are much warmer today than yesterday.  Still up and down.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Oh, one more photo of Bambi in the garden!  Way too early!  Can't let them get too comfortable!  Talk to you later. 

Blending in with the Garden!