Thursday, 12 June 2014

Another outing.

Today, Friend W, her Jack Russell Sophie, and I went to Thorpe Perrow Arboretum for a wander round in the lovely warm, sunny weather.

Thorpe Perrow is the home to Sir John and Lady Ropner.   They have a private garden (which you can see in the photograph of their house across the lake) but the rest of the arboretum is open to the public.   It has a huge collection of rare trees as well as collections of things like narcissi, acers, bluebells, flowering trees at certain times of the year.

After our wander we had a soup lunch (pea and spinach) in the cafe - delicious and a combination I haven't tried, so shall put it on my list of soups to make.

We came home through beautiful Summer countryside, calling at Brymor Ice Cream Parlour (black cherry whim-wham/strawberry cream) for a cornet on the way.

The farmer has been busy spreading slurry on the silaged fields, so it was a good day to be out of the way; the breeze had blown the strongest of the smells away by the time I arrived home!

We found two patches of this interesting plant which a passer=by told us was 'toothwort'.   It is lilac-coloured and close to the ground, with little or no stem.   It was growing at the root of a large tree.  I looked it up in Keble Martin when I got home.  Toothwort is a parasite and it does grow on the root of trees.  Keble Martin gives the only colour as cream, so I shall try and find out more about it.   Anybody know anything?


angryparsnip said...

I think I enjoy hearing about what soup you decide on for lunch as much as seeing the beautiful walk.
I too must look up pea and spinach soup.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

The soup sounds good and those grounds are beautiful - the perfect day to visit. I haven't come across that plant - so pretty for a parasite. I love the moss covered statues.

jinxxxygirl said...

Hi there!! I did a quick internet search and came up with Cathraea Clandestina Purple Toothwort. The picture looked quite a bit like what you have there.

I also loved the pictures of the moss covered statues. Sounds like you had a lovely day!Hugs! deb

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hiya Pat!
Found this on Wikipedia. From what I can see, there are two kinds of toothwort, one of which is parasitic. Here's the link
Quite interesting.
Pea spinach soup sounds very good. Was the spinach whole or chopped?

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Me again. Obviously, there should be a space before the http. Here it is again to make things easy for you:

Virginia said...

Thanks Pat, that soup sounds so delicious I had to look for one immediately. This had a 5 star review so I'll try it next time it turns cold!

Having somewhere interesting to go while the slurry was being laid was a good idea too!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for sharing your outing and for your comment on my blog. You once told me about the hard labour in a Japanese camp where your first husband was a prisoner. We shall never forget.
Wil, ABCW Teamt

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Sounds like a lovely day out - soup and ice cream and a garden tour.

Cloudia said...

You are so far from the Pacific, yet so immediate to my heart in your wonderful post!

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= <3

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks like a lovely place to walk. I've never tried pea and spinahc soup.... I don't know anything about toothwort either, sorry

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to your comments I now know that it is indeed the purple variety - the power of blogging! Thanks for calling and glad some of you will try that soup - must say it tastes better than it looks.

Terry and Linda said...

I love that dragon statue!!!