Thursday, June 9, 2011

The English Cottage

This building is the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.

The first time I visited here a couple of years ago, you can imagine my surprise when we came across a properly thatched 'English Cottage'.

The garden is also very English, and you can just make out a Victorian Gazing Ball in the top photo.

The back of the cottage is open and prettily decorated.

On the table.....

make believe wine, cheese and fruit.

Before there were stone animals sitting in among the plants and flowers. They had been replaced by glass 'flowers' in the middle of the Sword Ferns.




I'm glad that they thought to leave the old stone mushroom.

If you would like to see my last post about the English Cottage, you can go here.

18 comments:

Janie said...

I just love the English cottage. It looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale.

Sharon said...

Well now, That's real cute! I love going to botanical gardens, not many around here though. Nice one over in Huntsville area.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is very very cool.

imac said...

Beautiful, and pleased you have it as your Header too.

MarieElizabeth said...

I love that little cottage, I would have been so surprised to see that inside.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Perfection !
The most perfect little cottage, reminds me of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale.
Wouldn't it be the most enchanting little guest house...just lovely.
Thank you for sharing it made my day !
~Jo

Marilyn said...

I'd be able to move right in and sit and read! So cute. ♥♫

mommanator said...

lovely

Cloudia said...

fairy tale!




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Valerie said...

I felt so at home looking at that cottage. Not that I live in one, but I always fancied the idea of owning in a cottage like it, maybe with roses round the door. What heaven!

Ann Nichols said...

So lovely! I was born in Richmond! Love that city and often think of summer nights and listening to the train cross the bridge over the James near what used to be called, the Nickle Bridge! But must be the dollar bridge by now!
Blessings!
Ann

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Denise!
I'm delighted here by this place, the cottage is adorable and your pictures a perfect artwork! :)
I also love the garden, a dream!
Have a great weekend,
Léia

*Honest Abe said...

Lovely post, Denise.

I never properly understood gazing balls?

I do like the glass flowers. Never saw them but I can appreciate the way they might look.

The English cottage, thatched roof is a lot like those I found in Japan. Probably the same all over the world.

i beati said...

let's pick a tussy mussy sp?

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a unique addition to the Conservatory! I loved the pictures of the English Cottage.

Anonymous said...

The glass flowers almost look like a Dake Chuhuilly remake. Interesting combination.
Steve, OOTP

Denise said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments you make. Always very enjoyable to read and I hope I have returned the visit by now.

Don't unplug your hub said...

I've got one of those mushrooms. It's called a staddle stone here.
I never knew those balls were called a gazing ball. Always something new to learn.