One of the things I appreciate most about England, is it’s passion for flowers and horticulture. We are blessed not only with a wide and diverse range of wild flowers in our countrside, but more parks and gardens than possibly anywhere else in Europe.
England is the birthplace of the cultivated garden, from the Tudor period to today, and the great horticulturists of this nation include William Turner, Capability Brown, Robert Adam, (a more comprehensive list if you are interested).
The British are passionate about their gardens, and many open them to the public for a couple of weeks a year, most Tourist Information Centres provide a guide to where they are all situated. Add to that the many stately homes and country estates with their profusion of landscaped gardens, kitchen gardens and ornate knot gardens etc, then you realise how truly spoilt we are. The typical British church will virtually all year round display gorgeous flower arrangements.
My daughter and I are working on a Flower Project. Collecting wild flowers (those that are not endangered) for pressing and ultimately to be put into a book that will include drawings and writing from both of us. The flowers above are those we picked this weekend and include Mallow, Clover, Comfrey, Bindweed and Yarrow.
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