A little cottage update. The thatch itself is in surprisingly good condition, we will probably just need the top ridge replaced as it's a little weathered around the chimney. The last Thatchers signature animal was a dog (top right, looks a little like Gromit!). We love the mix of slate tiling with the thatch so we'll be continuing this theme in other areas like the porch. #rowenandwrenovations #cottagelife
Make a Big Splash with a Tiny Water Garden. Floating plants add a finishing touch. The rippled leaves of water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) make a nice complement to spotted calla (Zantedeschia albomaculata) and soft rush (Juncus effusus).
Making Elderberry Winter Tonic Syrup with Fresh Elderberries~ Nature is so perfect. Do you think it's a coincidence that cascades of elderberries have grown ripe just as the season changes to fall-- right before cold and flu season?