Hothouse flowers

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

In the middle of a long, grey London winter I always find myself longing for some colour and it's got me dreaming of having a hothouse Victorian style. I'd fill it with Vanda orchids, hibiscus flowers,

and lots of palms.

I'd grow tropical fruits,

perhaps even some giant waterlily pads for people to stand on,

and space to have tea

I'm off to Petersham Nurseries now!

Images courtesy of, hibiscus unknown,, Augusta Innes Withers pineapple engraving 1799,, phipps conservatory 1899, 1878 painting source unknown, and

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