Friday, 9 December 2011

Friday Flowers and a Highland Hotel

At first I thought this was some sort of Euphorbia, but on reflection it could be a member of the Protea family....the florist didn't know.......recognise it anyone?

Anyway the silvery heads went so beautifully with the mercury glass acorn that they had to go together, then the studded ball fitted so well in the tarnished silver dish.

This is where the hotel comes in. On the dish (that I bought recently at a fleamarket) is the name Gairloch Hotel. I googled the name and found a picture of the hotel, situated on the banks of Loch Gairloch on the west coast of the highlands of Scotland.

Lovely isn't it? And years ago perhaps ice cream was served to a guest in this very dish. Maybe I should take it on a visit home!
Have a lovely weekend


marianne.cook1 said...

It's a bit like Protea Cynaroides - except that the cones seem more rounded, and the leaves are a different shape, I think. But no matter what it's called, it's very pretty and a natural for the Christmas season.

marianne.cook1 said...

Found it! Leucadendron Alpinii: see (Can't post it here as a live link) A South African plant, apparently.

Georgie Steeds said...

Thanks Marianne, I couldn't find it in any of my plant books, but as you say it's silvery cone type heads seemed a natural for Christmas, and it lasted a nice long time in the vase.

white life© said...

So sorry, Georgie, but I've no idea ;)

Your silver corner looks great and I'm sure, the ice-cream in the little bowl after Highland Games or a Crokett was fantastic!