Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blogtober Day 2 - Like a ripened piece of fruit

I got a few little jobs done in the garden on the weekend, which I was really pleased about. As I may have mentioned before, my grandmother kept our garden in beautiful, abundant condition (we live in what was my grandparents' house) and I often feel I could do rather a lot more with the garden than I am currently doing. What I am thinking about especially at the moment is a dedicated herb garden (rather than the odd plant in a pot here and there). I have found a lovely book - Practical Herb Garden by Jessica Houdret - but I am wondering how much success I will have here in Australia finding some of the very Eurocentric flowers and herbs. Does anyone know of a nursery who specialises in English and European cottage plants? I know that I can replace many of them with Australasian options, but some Northern Hemisphere plants would be nice too.

What is this plant? Do you know? I haven't a clue - but I like it!

You know that I am an absolute sucker for a period drama and I am still kicking myself that I didn't pay closer attention to Downton Abbey when it was on TV. You Tubing it just now, I couldn't resist the Sylvanian Families version of it (by the way, this clip may look cute but is not for littlies)...

But on a more serious, sweeping, dramatic note (pun intended), here is the actual Downton Abbey's lovely theme -


Pina said...

I would love to send you some seeds of "our" plants but I already know that they wouldn't go through the customs.

I suggest that you stick to those herbs that are native to Australia, and show us what kind of "strange" (for us) plants grow over there. Then we will all want to have them in our gardens. :)

Feronia said...

@ Pina -

Yes, there are certainly some gorgeous local plants which would be easier to acquire but I have fallen in love with both the 'Shakespearean garden' and the 'medieval garden' in the book I mentioned yesterday, as well as all the lovely 'apothecaries gardens' I saw in Germany and Scandinavia while we were away.