A Shout-Out to Garnet Hill

Do you know the retailer,

Garnet Hill?
They do actually have an outlet store in Franconia, New Hampshire, but most of their business is on-line.

I have been a very faithful customer for years and years; I think I started ordering from them in the late 80’s!

I will start this short post by saying HOW much I adore this “store.”

Their sheets are, with maybe one exception, the ONLY brand I buy. Ever. And I don’t buy the Eileen Fisher or Wamsutta or anything else they actually do sell but rather I only buy their own brand. The percale sheets are superb. They fit beautifully, they wash superbly, they last for at least fifteen years (remember, I don’t own a clothes dryer!), and they iron easily. 

Yes, you will see a set of their sheets hanging in my laundry room about every ten days.

Recently I have had a yen for linen sheets. I looked and looked and researched and realized I wanted the softest possible fabric, as per many reviews. So, of course, I went to Garnet Hill.

This is what I bought:

These are the Solid Relaxed-Linen Bedding in Tourmaline […]

By |2019-07-29T14:54:32-04:00July 28, 2019|Shopping|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: THE GARDEN MUSEUM

This is one of my favorite places in London.

 And yes, if you are a long time follower here, I did a post about the Museum in this post.

The Garden Museum

 

The Garden Museum is a lovely, quiet oasis on the South Bank across the Lambeth Bridge and just a short way from Westminster. Its Cafe is excellent; I highly recommend it if you go. The Museum is actually the renovated and redesigned Church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth. The building/church was due for demolition in the 70’s and was rescued by Rosemary and John Nicholson. You can read all about it HERE.

 

Just a month ago I went to see the exhibition of Ivon Hitchens: The Painter in the Woods

 

And at the same time, an exhibition of  George Rowlett: Paintings of Sarah Price’s Garden

 

But MOST IMPORTANTLY
The Museum needs support and help from all of us.  A planning application for high rise…as in 28 stories.. luxury apartment building has […]

By |2019-07-11T21:09:14-04:00July 11, 2019|Garden, Travel|

VISIT TO CLIFTON NURSERIES IN LONDON

Our visit to
Clifton Nurseries
was an unexpected and delightful surprise.

I had never heard of it, nor had I been to this part of London. It is near the Little Venice neighborhood and the tube stop is Warwick Aveneue.

It is set back behind and between so many gorgeous and beautiful London houses and, if you didn’t know about it, could almost be missed as it is set back like a private park.

What a hidden gem it is! A bit like Petersham Nurseries I would say, on a smaller scale. And from their website it seems the main business is landscape design. But the variety of plants, furniture, garden tools of all kinds, baskets, topiaries, succulents and gifts is wonderful.  The selection of pots, garden tools, water features and furniture is amazing and a bit overwhelming!

 

 

I need this furniture!!!

 

 

Loved these wire animal topiaries!

 

I have been looking for ages to buy these metal plant supports but cannot find them anywhere in the States. If you know how to find them, please let […]

By |2019-06-27T16:50:52-04:00June 27, 2019|Garden, Travel|

A WEEK IN CORNWALL

We have wanted to visit Cornwall for a very long time. When our daughter was small we had started to plan a trip but thank goodness we never went. We a) didn’t really have enough information to make good decisions as to where to stay b) traveling with a child is very difficult; it would have been awful! c) we did not realize the energy involved in not being able to drive i.e. all those trains and buses and stairs and tickets.

Now, with daughter in London and the many new friends I have made through the Makelight course based on London, we felt ultra prepared to go to this beautiful part of the world!

I looked at many, many hotels. We are picky…but in a very certain way. I don’t spend a lot of money. Period. Yes, travel is quite expensive almost no matter how you do it. But to spend say $400 a night for a hotel is out of the question for us. Even $300. So that narrows the field. I know, these are “first world problems.” I am very aware of that. On the other hand, we are older folk. While we are very fit, we just do not want to climb flights of stairs or feel cramped and […]

By |2019-06-23T14:37:10-04:00June 23, 2019|Travel|

TRENGWAINTON GARDEN IN CORNWALL

We’re back from our two week trip to England!
So much to say and show (of course) and so little time. I’ve thought about how to best show all that we did and saw while across the pond. Gardens and gardening are, of course, central to my travel plans so I am starting with this post. We moved around several times which we now realize was a mistake. It is tiring. Packing and unpacking, catching trains and buses, dragging suitcase up long hills and then trying to relax. We are not tour people partly for this reason; we prefer to stay in one place and really settle in. With that said… I will begin with our stay in Cornwall.

Our longest stay was in Mousehole. Cute name, no? Well, it is NOT pronounced as it is spelled (much to my husband’s disappointment) The correct pronunciation is mow-zel . Got it?

This entire area, for those who are not familiar, is the southwest corner of England. To the west is the Atlantic ocean and to the south the beginning of the English Channel.

So much to see! But without a car (we just cannot imagine driving on the other side of the road..)  we were somewhat limited; trains and buses are fine but can get […]

By |2019-06-20T14:11:16-04:00June 20, 2019|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

It’s happening:
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show!!!

Someday, maybe, I will get there. In the meantime I read all about it on all social media, and now can watch it streaming live. If you have Britbox you can access it there. Or, just go to YouTube.

Here is Episode 1 which was broadcast on Monday afternoon.

Each of these episodes is about an hour. They will give you great commentary (including Monty Don) and a really thorough tour of the gardens.

Then there is Alexandra’s blog, The Middle Sized Garden, and her latest post:
Small Garden Design Inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Alexandra does a really nice job here of highlighting the many new themes and ideas at the show this year. Definitely worth watching and listening:

So much of London is decked out this week with beautiful flowers! By the time I get there next week I think most of the squares will be emptied of these fabulous floral stage sets… but I can hope!

I will be here from time to time in the next few weeks as we travel to various parts of the UK. The weather looks fine and let’s hope it holds!

By |2019-05-23T20:16:30-04:00May 23, 2019|Friday Flowers, Travel|
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