What I like best about the houses that we've stayed in in England are the wide wide window sills -- so perfect for flowering plants -- the geraniums and begonias so favored by grandmothers.
Linderhof has a few wide windowsills and we do use them for plants in the winter -- there is just something about a green plant inside when it is cold and snowy outside. Those windowsills, however, have single pane windows and thus when the temperature falls too much, we have to move the plants to a warmer spot.
And I couldn't resist filling the kitchen window with basil . . . to be used in dishes that we fix while at Blue Row and to be left in the garden when we're gone. A reminder to those who stay after us.
And flowers . . . the garden at Blue Row is abloom and we've been picking bouquets -- I call it "deadheading"!!!
Some vernoica, some scabiosa, and some purple columbine (which I want for my garden) along with some prolific little blue flowers that I'm not sure of what they are. Gracing an old dresser in the "small" room upstairs.
And at the market in Stow today . . .
The flower man was there. Grown right here in the Cotswolds, he runs a "cutting farm" and brings his produce to market. I love stock and it's amazing fragrance. I've tried to grow it and have not been successful but when I saw huge buckets of it, I couldn't help but bring some home (2 bunches for 5 pounds) and so I got both a pink and a cream bunch.
The pink one I put in the bedroom that Daughter Sarah and her Andy will occupy tomorrow night. Fresh flowers in the bedroom has always been a tradition of ours -- and as her room always has a bouquet of flowers when she comes for a visit so does our room when we stay with her! And the tradition continues in England!
The white bouquet is on the dining room table and fills the downstairs with that unmistakable scent of stock!
It's Friday and I'm joining Courtney for Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage for what better way to feather your nest than with bouquets of flowers!
And I'm joining Kate for Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating.