Purple Cranesbill Geranium

Pop by 'n say hi!Purple Cranesbill Geranium Purple Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium × magnificum) is a five-petalled purple flower. It was cultivated from a cross between Geranium platypetalum and Geranium ibericum, although it looks more like a petunia than a typical geranium. The Purple Cranesbill Geranium blooms vibrant, dark, violet-blue flowers with dark blue veins. Though the flower is very prolific in early summer, it has quite a short flowering season (June to August in the United Kingdom). The Purple Cranesbill Geranium has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit for its resistance to pests, quality of constitution and excellence for ordinary use. The plants grow in well drained soil, in the sun or partial shade. Cultivation of the Purple Cransebill Geranium needs only beginner gardener skills and the plants require just an hour of care a year. They take between two and five years to reach maturity. See this handy map for a list of UK suppliers of the Purple Cranesbill Geranium. The post picture a shows purple cranesbill geranium shot at the Uppsala Botanical Garden. The garden is just one of several gardens in Uppsala, a Swedish city close to Stockholm. We post regularly on London Photography […]

Uppsala Gardens – Destination Uppsala

Pop by 'n say hi!Uppsala Gardens Uppsala in the Uppland region of Sweden, is a short journey from Stockholm and close to all the attractions of central Sweden. We recently posted about the Uppsala Botanical Garden, but this is just one of many gardens in unparalleled Uppsala. Uppsala Gardens: Stadsträdgården Uppsala’s city park is along the bank of the Fryis river, which runs through Uppsala. The first trees were planted in the garden towards the end of the 19th century since then it has remained much loved. Top attraction within the garden is the Island of Bliss (Lycksalighetens ö), at the centre of the garden and a good place for a ‘fika’: the summer café. Uppsala Gardens: Botaniska trädgården The Grand Baroque Uppsala Botanical Garden (Botaniska trädgården) has species from around the world ranging from the rare Doronicum cataractarum wihthin the grounds to banana plants and coffee bushes in the and rainforest plants in the Tropiska Växthuset (tropical greenhouse). Uppsala Gardens: Linnaeus Garden A green oasis in the centre of Uppsala. The botanist, naturist, ecologist and physician Carl Linnaeus studied for his degree at the University of Uppsala and later became a professor there. There could be no better treat […]

Carl Linnaeus – Ecology Pioneer

Pop by 'n say hi!Carl Linnaeus Carl Linnaeus was a the Swedish botanist who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming system. The father of modern taxonomy and the most famous son of the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He received most of his higher education at the university. Taxonomy is the science of finding, naming and describing species. Carl Linnaeus was born in 1707 and he was one of the most influential scientists of his time. The popular adoption of his naming system laid in its simplicity. It is still in use today. Carl Linnaeus was not just a botanist. He was a zoologist, ecology pioneer and a physician too. His most lasting achievement though, was the creation of binomial nomenclature – using two names to classify a living organism: it’s genus and its species. For example, the name of the flower in the post picture is Doronicum cataractarum under the binomial nomenclature system. The Doronicum cataractarum flower in the post picture was captured at the Uppsala Botanical Garden (Uppsala Botaniska Trägården) in June. Doronicum cataractarum is one of the most rare plants native Styria region of Austria. It is found in the Austrian Alps, growing at altitudes […]

Ox-eye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare

Pop by 'n say hi!Ox-eye Daisy Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare or Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) also know as marguerite, common daisy, dog daisy and moon daisy. The ox-eye daisy is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe. They are perennial (meaning they live for two or more years) and take two to five years to reach their ultimate height of up to one metre. In Britain, the ox-eye daisy to flower from May to September particularly attracts bees but also a large range of pollinating insects including butterflies and hoverflies. Don’t let the bees get all the Ox-eye daisy action – they are actually edible. They can be eaten raw, in salads and desserts or pickled like capers. The Eden Project has some rules on foraging as well an ox-eye daisy recipe. Horticulturists can ox-eye daisies in full or partial shade in moderately fertile soil which is well-drained (although well-drained soil is preferred, it is not essential). They are cultivated and used as an ornamental plant in gardens and designed meadow landscapes. In nature, the ox-eye daisy is widespread throughout Arctic Finland, Norway and Sweden where it blossoms in June and July. The flower is known as ‘prästkrage’ in Swedish (dog collar) […]

Uppsala Botanical Garden

Pop by 'n say hi!Uppsala Botanical Garden Uppsala Botanical Garden (Botaniska Trädgården in Swedish) is just one of many gardens and parks in Uppsala. Uppsala is a University town in the Län county in east-central Sweden and just 38 minutes from Stockholm. Uppsala’s most famous son, Carl Linnaeus, the 18th century botanist lived and worked in Uppsala and no other place in the world shows as many traces of him. The grandiose Baroque garden at Uppsala Botanical Garden is one of Uppsala’s most popular destinations and has greenery and flowering plants all year round. This is made possible by the enormous Tropiska Växthuset (tropical greenhouse) which houses Uppsala’s only rainforest! You will even find banana trees and coffee bushes there. But if you’re after a Swedish ‘fika’ (traditional Swedish coffee served with a sweet snack) to replenish energy levels after meandering around the Uppsala Botanical Garden, look no further than the cosy Café Victoria within the Uppsala Botanical Garden, which has a summer terrace set amongst the garden’s flora. The original Uppsala Botanical Garden was closer to the river, but after repeated flooding, King Gustaf III of Sweden kindly donated some land beside the castle to be used as the […]

Gloucestershire Outdoor

Pop by 'n say hi!Gloucestershire Outdoor Gloucestershire outdoor activities this summer don’t have to cost the earth. With five Country Parks, three areas of outstanding natural beauty an arboretum and a number of country manors and houses with gardens you might need to clear some space in your diary to fit it all in before winter comes knocking. Check the weekend weather forecast then don’t delay in getting down to the local farmers’ market to stock up on treats for your summer family picnic! In this post we list some of the places you might want to visit, to make the most of Gloucestershire outdoor. Gloucestershire Outdoor: Country Parks There are no fewer than five County Parks across the county Crikley Hill Country Park Open 6 am to 9:30 pm over the summer. The park has free to use barbecue stands as well as picnic benches. Free parking after 6pm, or £3 all day. Location Map. Map of Park. Coaley Peak Picnic Site and Viewpoint Features large wild flower meadow, a neolithic burial chamber and a section of the 100-mile Cotswold Way National Trail. Location Map. Barrow Wake Viewpoint 31 acres (13 hectares) of limestone grasslands, panoramic views and also […]

Rapeseed oil health benefits

Pop by 'n say hi!Rapeseed oil health benefits It’s the time of year again when farmers begin to brighten up the countryside with the year’s rapeseed crop (Brassica napus). Rapeseed is grown for its oil and meal. What benefits are the rapeseed oil health benefits over other cooking oils? We investigate below. Rapeseed, also know as oilseed rape, is a member of the same family as brussel sprouts. When is comes to choosing an oil for cooking from the supermarket shelf, there can be a wide range on offer. Olive oil has become known for its health benefits. It is rich in mono-unsaturated fats which can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol. This, as well as it’s rich flavour, makes olive oil first choice for use in salad dressings. The issue with cooking with olive oil though is that the health beneficial compounds begin to degrade when it is heated. The smoke point of olive oil is between 180 and 215 C. This is point at which the oil will start to produce smoke and health-harming compounds. So what about rapeseed oil health benefits? Rapeseed oil better choice for high temperature cooking. It has a neutral […]

Tewkesbury Abbey Gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Tewkesbury Abbey Tewkesbury Abbey, in the centre of the Medieval market town of Tewkesbury, is a perfect stop on a summer day out in Gloucestershire. Tewkesbury which is notable for its Tudor buildings actually dates back to seventh century Saxon England. The Norman Tewkesbury Abbey was saved by Henry VIII when other monasteries suffered from the Tudor king’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. Tewkesbury Abbey (originally a Benedictine Monastery) was bought by the people of the town for £483 to be used as their Parish Church. The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin (as Tewkesbury Abbey is officially known) is the second largest Parish Church. We recently looked into the smallest church in England’s smallest church in our post on St Beuno’s Church in Culbone, Exmoor). The largest parish church is England is The Holy Trinity Church in Kingston-upon-Hull – another historical British church. Pevsner, the architectural historian, remarked on Tewkesbury Abbey as “probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England”. The abbey was founded in 1087, though building didn’t start until 1102, with completion and consecration in 1121. Tewkesbury Abbey was later restored by no less than Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of […]

Arlingham Walks – explore gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Arlingham Walks Arlingham is a delightful, unspoiled Gloucestershire village set in the middle of a horseshoe bend on the River Severn. Arlingham lies in the parish of Stroud and is just a short drive from Stroud, Tewkesbury and the M5 motorway. Its location on a bend in the river Severn makes it an ideal spot for walking, exploring the Gloucestershire countryside and discovering wildlife along the banks of the River Severn. In fact it is a popular place for ramblers. There are several Arlingham walks with a pub and restaurants along the route, making for a great summer day out. There are four paths around the peninsula set up as part of the Horseshoe Project. All four of these Arlingham walks are circular paths and are colour coded and well signposted. The path names give a hint of the wildlife you might discover on these Arlingham walks: Hare, Gloucestershire Cattle, Skylark and Salmon. Each of the Arlingham walks is around 4.5 to 5 miles (7 to 8 kilometres) so would take around two-and-a-half hours each, walking at a moderate pace. The walks are not too challenging and the nature and landscapes make the Arlingham walks rewarding. […]

Irish Pub: why they’re so popular

Pop by 'n say hi!Irish Pub No matter how far you travel, one thing’s for sure: you’re likely to come across an Irish pub, according to The Guardian. There are estimated to be some 7,000 Irish theme bars or Irish Pubs globally, these have only come into their own over the last two decades. The phenomenon was thought to start in 1990 when Irish architect Mel McNally started the Irish Pub Company. He predicted that a spike in Irish tourism would spark interest for Irish Pubs internationally. He was right. The Irish Pub Company was appointed by Guinness as their sole Irish Pub concept designer. According to Guinness, 2,000 Irish pubs opened in Europe between 1992 and 1999. And apparently business for new pubs is still as brisk as it was back in those ‘boom days‘. According to Mel McNally, the key ingredients for a successful Irish Pub are authentic design, authentic Irish food, authentic Irish beverages and Irish music and entertainment. This could be a winning formula, with one Irish Pub opening each three days (on average). The post picture the The Irishman Pub in Stavanger. A welcome retreat on a showery, spring day exploring the centre of Stavanger! […]