Saturday, January 10, 2009

Memories of Fragrance and Color

ROSA CENTIFLORA
'Rose otto' and rose water are produced by steam distillation from the fresh petals of this rose.
Chelsea Physic Garden

GERANIUMS

Chelsea Farmers Market


HYDRANGEAS FOR SALE


South Kensington Flower Shop

21 comments:

ellen b. said...

Oh my we walked past the South Kensington Flower shop every day on our way to the tube...
What fun..

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Such pretty pictures! Hydrangeas are among my favorite flowers.

I'm sorry I couldn't find your email address but I think the recipe would work with lentils. We commented on the similarity in taste when eating the dish, in fact.

It's rather difficult to find dried mung beans but I found them sold in bulk at Whole Foods.

Flower said...

Thank you for transporting such beautiful images today!! I can almost smell the rose! Did you get yourself some of the fragrant water?

XUE said...

I love these flowers pics & I do love hydrangeas too. It is difficult to do gardening as I hv to "learn to garden" each time we move since different countries have different system of growing flowers. Right now, outside my window as I'm typing is our "ume" (plum) tree & it has tinsy pink buds on it already. When it blooms, it will mean it's spring & Chinese New Year is here.

M.Kate said...

Oh Willow, I love those flowers. Roses are out here...we only have them in the highlands and flower shop, all my attempt to grow them was not successful. and those Hydrangeas..arent they the loviest of all. Happy weekend :D

Roxie said...

Ah, sweet blossoming summer! Thanks for the reminders. I can almost whiff it!

Lori at Jarvis House said...

Lovely blog and pictures of HYDRANGEAS. we use them a lot on Long Island and I have several varieties here at the Jarvis House. Lovely blog. I am a long time gardening partner with Elizabeth Wix.

Elizabeth said...

Went to the Chelsea Physick garden for the first time this September.
What a treat.
Still have the pretty entry ticket on my office notice board.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Linda, your rose is just wonderful, it looks fragrant :-) I can alwost smell it.
This is just what I needed right now, it is almost mignight here now and I'm of to bed. Now I can dream of Otto and Hydrangeas.

Lots of love/ Tyra

Caroline said...

Every year I buy one or two hydrangeas, and every year they die by August, really die, not just get wilty. I guess i should accept that I live in a desert. There are people in my neighborhood who grow them though, so I continue to try.

Your pictures are just beautiful. I was in English for a month when I was in college, but it was in January, so we didn't get to see the flowers in bloom. Maybe some day.

Knitting Linguist said...

Gorgeous! I can almost smell the roses from here :)

Bethany Hissong said...

Just what I needed to see on a gray January day!!! lovely!

Knitting Linguist said...

I just had to write to say that it is like a blankie! And while it's been warm outside today, the house has been cool, so it's perfect :)

Mary said...

Willow,

The flowers are magnificent and brought a bit of color into my world. It seems everything here is white and brown. We are also going into a deep freeze and your photos also includes warmth.

I love rose water. Grandma used to use it and I remember it well. At one time Avon put out a rose water cologne. I used it for a long time.

Thanks for the color and warmth. It was much appreciated.

Blessings,
Mary

Tracy said...

Oh, the flowers scattered around London...how I miss them too! :o) Thanks for this picture pretty post for starting off this week. And thank you for your lovely comment at my blog...I seem to be not the only one thinking about time and how precious it is. :o) Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

artgirlATL said...

What fantastic photos. I hope to one day visit Europe.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It's so nice to see your flowers photos, Willow, as my area is in the middle of a severe freeze. I can think ahead and dream of spring!

Hugs, Pat

david mcmahon said...

It's 100 degrees here. My roses have fried completely!

Tessa said...

Glorious photos...such wonderful warming and uplifting colours on this pewtery day. Thank you for sharing those - now I'm smiling happily again!

Sandi McBride said...

I love each and every posted petal! I'll have them all, please! Congratulations on the Post of the Day mention from David...
Sandi

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