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?