Gentle Reader, I present to you, this week's weird Victorian term explained: herbaceous border.
style of gardening, begun in the Victorian Era, remains a hallmark of
the English landscape to this day: shorter plants to the font, and
taller ones to the back, arranged closely together.
From Pullham photo by Charles Hawes
Despite its name, herbs do not necessarily have to be involved in a herbaceous border, although they often are.
Usually herbaceous borders are a riot of different colors, running alongside a path or a wall.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
8 Ideas for Decorating a Victorian Bedroom
Jordan House, Virginia
a typical Victorian bedroom, cluttered with antiques (highboy chest of
drawers - Georgian, mirror above the washstand - Federal). I imagine
Alexia's room in town as much like this. Note how dark everything is -
clearly interior design of the period was intended to easily accommodate
vampires or werewolves by blocking out the sun (from picasaweb
). Going to Minnesota? Why not stay at the Victorian Oaks Bed & Breakfast
, so cute!
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Guest Author Jen Blood: 5 Ways to Build Suspense Like a Master
PROJECT ROUND UP
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First:
Release date Fall 2013. Writing rough draft. Crazy encounters and climatic battle sequences ahead.
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second:
Title changed. Copy edits incoming.
Etiquette & Espionage
~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.
Working promo schemes to begin September.
~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless
) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus
by subscription. Print release tentatively
Quote of the Day:
"What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it."
~ Charles Dudley Warner