A few weeks ago I read with great interest Jessica at Rustyduck’s account of visiting Cotehele to see the annual swag being prepared for the Great Hall; I remember commenting that I would love to see it.
Imagine my surprise and pleasure when the friend I was visiting in North Devon suggested that we could visit Cotehele as it was only about an hour away from her.
The forecast wasn’t great and the previous day had been horrible, so bad we had said that if the weather continued as it was we wouldn’t go. But we were lucky and the morning was cloudy but not raining and the wind had dropped completely.
As we arrived the light levels improved and we were able to enjoy the amazing colours of the dried flowers. I hadn’t expected the flowers to still be so vibrant.
After noticing the pack of seeds for sale and the charmingly arranged flowers in vases with the names carefully written I was inspired to think that next year I could create my own swag to either hang from the ceiling (who says I have crazy ideas of grandeur) or more realistically to hang around the door or the large mantle shelf in the kitchen. We visited the cuttings garden where it was said all the flowers where grown; I know I shouldn’t doubt the National Trust but really the space seemed very small. Anyway I am resolved to devote one of the smaller cuttings beds to growing the flowers, so we will see……….
Do you have crazy ideas, inspired by what you see in larger gardens or houses? What are the results? Have you ever grown everlasting flowers?
Thank you Linda for thinking of such a lovely visit.