The neat thing about travelling is you get to see, explore and learn more than one way of doing things, for an example gardening. I love the English way of gardening and their romantic herbaceous gardens. So here are some flower ideas you can add to your garden here in North America. Start with the Spring Flowers like Tulips, Crocus and Daffodils. It will sure cheer your mood from the Winter blahs and welcome Spring! Plant flowers like Iris, Roses, Peonies so they will bloom after your Spring flowers are done. So there is always some beautiful flower blooming throughout the year. Add Yarrow, Daisies, Cone Flowers, Echinacea, Sunflowers, Foxglove, Columbines, Hardy Geraniums, Hollyhocks and Rambling Roses to the mix. Heirloom Roses produce the most heavenly fragrance. Plant herbs like Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Mint, Sage and Rosemary along the curvy paths you create with gravel or stepping stones. Consider adding flowers like Asters, Oxeye Sunflowers (blooming late Summer) that will flower till the last Frost. These flowers will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden. Don’t forge the Evergreens! This will give structure to your garden so it will look pretty when in snows in Winter. Bring a little bit of English Cottage Garden feel to your back yard!
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It is amazing how many of our New World American flowers made it into the English Cottage Gardens. Everything from the Yarrow to the Echinacea grace English Cottage Gardens.
It is always nice to bring home some of the ideas you pickup while you travel. The English Cottage Garden concept can be applied right here at home in the USA. Instead of just manicured green lawns you can create “garden rooms” with the English Cottage Garden theme, quite romantic really. It can bring the Old World charm right into your backyard. Curvy herbaceous pathways leading you to keep exploring, trying to find what is around the corner. You may not be in the Cotswolds or West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, but it may sure bring back the sweet memories.
Here are a few flowers that would look good in a English Cottage Garden. More flower ideas for English Cottage Gardens.
It is amazing that when you visit a place, certain things in nature will grab your attention. Beautiful waterfalls like the ones in Yellowstone National Park will definitely be on the top of the list. But sometimes just a simple delicate flower growing above the tree line (Tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado) or by the side of the road (Pacific Coast Highway California) or wildflowers (in the foreground of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming) will mesmerize you. You just have to stop and take photos and post it on Instagram or Facebook. You just cannot help yourself! It is truly something worth sharing with your friends.
The English developed the Rain Forest in the mountains where it is cooler into tea plantations with beautiful English Style houses. The famous Boh Tea Plantations below is worth the visit.
You can find green houses hugging the side of mountains filled with all sorts of flowers. The valleys are terraced and planted with rows of vegetables.
Always take the time to stop and see the beautiful flowers in each place you visit. Depending on the season, it can be the best show in town. For an example, when I was in Amsterdam in Spring, Keukenhof Gardens was in full bloom with Spring flowers. I don’t think I have seen that many flowers all in one place! It is really hard to beat Spring.
And then there is Cameron Highlands in Malaysia where it is “eternal spring” in the mountains. A site to behold. Of course don’t forget the English Cottage Gardens, in Great Britain. The English Garden with the natural look, filled with flowers and herbaceous borders will make you come back again and again to England. And here in the USA, we have some of our own gardens to visit such as the Biltmore Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina and Old West Bury Gardens in New York.
It is hard to beat the beauty of English Cottage Gardens. You can see beautiful roses over the stone walls and flowers along curvy pathways leading you to keep exploring. You can see many perennial flowers such as hollyhocks, hardy geraniums, buttercups, daisies, asters, delphiniums and the beautiful foxgloves. Just think of Thomas Kinkade paintings of Cotswolds Cottages. Yes, this is for real and not just in a painting. Once such place is the Hidcote Gardens in the Cotswolds (started by an American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston) and now under the care of the National Trust of United Kingdom. Why not visit a castle and the gardens at the same time like the one at Sissinghurst Castle (Kent)? If you are in the South of England, do take time to visit the Mottisfont Abbey Rose Garden in Hampshire.
There is nothing like a beautiful garden that can feed your soul and rejuvenate you on your travels. You get see the beauty of God’s creation along with human design and cultivation.
Keukenhof (kitchen garden) is such a place. The Dutch have a knack for gardening for sure. You can spend hours in this place. I used my layover at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to visit this beautiful place. It is only open during the Spring months as this is a Spring Garden. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year as the flowers bloom in the beautiful Spring Sun and cool Spring air.
If you have a chance to visit England, do take time to visit the English Cottage Gardens in the Summer months.
You can get some of the tastiest French food right here in the heartland.
The ambience of the restaurant can bring back memories of your trip to Paris, France without leaving home.
You cannot leave the restaurant without trying out their fabulous desserts.
Kansas City comes alive with Christmas Lights after dark. Whether you visit the Plaza or Union Station or Crown Center, Christmas lights and trees make the city a festive place to visit! Take some time and hang out in the Crown Center.
Have some hot cocoa while soaking in the lights of the season. The Ice Skating ring (Crown Center Ice Terrace) is a fun place to see all the skaters having fun on the ice.
A short walk or drive will take you to the Union Station.
The Kansas City Union Station will take you back in time. The old glorious Union Train Station all decked up with Christmas decorations and lights.
Not to mention young couples getting married under the beautiful Christmas Decor.
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Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) is a good place start your trip to Europe or connect to the far corners of the earth. Flying KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from the US to Europe gives you plenty of good flight options. You get good flying times and good connections.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (merged with Air France) resulting in another major hub in Europe which is Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). Delta Airlines (merged with Northwest Airlines) partners with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to provide most of the US side of the connections to Europe. Major hubs such as Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP) makes connections to Europe a breeze. For an example an easy connection from Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport to either Minneapolis or Atlanta and then non-stop to Amsterdam.
Once you get into Amsterdam, you can connect to pretty much anywhere in the world. There is even a non-stop flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL KLIA1 or KLIA2 Malaysia), which then connects you to pretty much anywhere in the Asia Pacific region.
Amsterdam Schiphol Train Station is the place to start your train connections. You can even connect to Belgium right from Schiphol Airport Train Station.
Amsterdam is only like 20 minutes away from Schiphol Airport. Take a train to Amsterdam Centraal Train Station from which you can get on a train to pretty much anywhere in Europe.