On the back of the photo: “Shaw’s gardens. This gives wrong impression of you.”
Look through the net curtains at her tomato plants in tin cans. I wonder if she really waited until the average last frost date* for zone 18 — which is currently between July 1 and 10 — to put them in the ground.
*The average first frost date is between September 1 and 10.
“[H]ouse with picket fence, man and dog seated on porch and a dog lying on the sidewalk,” Georgia, ca. 1899, photographer unknown, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Click on the image for a little better view.
While we’re all waiting for the Chelsea Flower Show to open next week and for pictures to emerge, here are a few things that I particularly liked when I visited the original Chelsea — the Chelsea Physic Garden — about a week and a half ago.
The four-acre London garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants and train their apprentices. It is the second oldest botanic garden in Britain, after the one at Oxford.
2. This giant fennel. It was a beacon in the Botanical Order Beds at about 8′ tall.
It did not have a label, but I have since looked it up — Ferula communes.
This tamarix in the center of the beds was a star too.
7. This primrose display, which — with the giant fennel — made my “most desired” list that day (along with this).
(And the café is excellent.)
Farmhouse with sod roof, western Norway, ca. 1890-1910, via Fylkesarkivet i Sogn go Fjordane Commons on flickr.
The stone foundation, steps, and terracing are beautiful. Also note the ladder-type device that the man on the right is using to pick fruit. Click on the image for a larger view.