Vintage Car Chrome

Flying lady hood ornament on green vintage car

It always amuses me how so many words connected to cars differ in the USA and the UK. Gear lever. Wing mirror. Windscreen. Bonnet. Belisha beacon. Central reservation. We Give Way and overtake. We rent a car, drive on a dual carriageway and stop on the hard shoulder (in an emergency only).

So while I think of this as a car mascot, since these are American cars, hood ornament is more appropriate.

I’m far from being a car fanatic, so what interests me here is not the car or even the flying lady mascot, but the reflected waves that make the far side of the bonnet so abstract. I have no idea what caused them. Something about them reminds me of corrugated leaves – a hosta, for example – so I’m claiming this is about as close anyone can get to making a car look like a plant in the absence of vegetation. I’d be intrigued by any rival claims! Continue reading “Vintage Car Chrome”

Seedlip Spice 94 Review

Seedlip Spice 94 with tonic and lemon

Seedlip is a brand of distilled, non-alcoholic botanical spirit, like gin¹ but without the alcohol and juniper. Did I hear you exclaim ‘What!’? Quite!

I chose Seedlip Spice 94 as an alternative last time I was offered alcohol on a flight well before my idea of lunch time. ‘A complex blend of spice and citrus’ sounded just up my street and it’s sugar- and sweetener-free too. When asked what I wanted to drink with it², I confessed my ignorance and was handed a can of Fevertree tonic.

Curious, I sipped the Seedlip neat. That’s not what we are supposed to do and if you try it, you’ll see why. My first thought was clove.³ Continue reading “Seedlip Spice 94 Review”

Anthropomorphising Flowers

Eremurus and alliums in a white border
Wayward eremurus with disapproving alliums in a white border

We’re not supposed to ascribe human characteristics to anything else, but I can’t help it. Somebody planted white foxtail lilies (eremurus) with alliums to provide height in a white flower border. The alliums are growing as the designer intended – upwards, but the foxtail lilies are demonstrating how they got their name. I’m fully aware that the light is drawing them in that direction, but that doesn’t stop my mind from doing its thing. The alliums are clustering in groups to gawp at and gossip about the wayward foxtail lilies. Continue reading “Anthropomorphising Flowers”

What is a Mixed Border?

Wide mixed border at Foggy Bottom, Bressingham
Mixed borders at Foggy Bottom, Bressingham

A border is a cultivated area of land set aside for growing decorative plants. Mixed borders combine different types of plants in one place: trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, grasses, bulbs and climbers on obelisks or against a wall. Anything you like to grow can be included – if you want to accessorise it with a birdhouse or seat or some form of artwork, so much the better!

Because there isn’t a fixed recipe, mixed borders are versatile and popular. You may well be one of millions of gardeners worldwide who are tending one. Continue reading “What is a Mixed Border?”