Monday, 6 September 2010
Thank you, Marianne Faithfull
So, Marianne Faithfull, 63, told me to go to the Chelsea Physic Garden. The legendary singer-songwriter and actor recommends spending Sunday 'under the ancient elms,' (in this month's Harper's Bazaar) which is exactly what Mr & Mrs That's Not My Age did yesterday. London's oldest botanic garden, founded in 1673, is just off Chelsea Embankment and has it's very own microclimate. Where exotic plants grow, like this pomegranate tree:
Even though it's the end of summer, the walled garden is lush and green and there are still a few flowering plants to be seen. That's Not My Age loves echinacea.
Mr TNMA makes a delicious pumpkin risotto - but we had been warned not to eat or touch any of the plants. Many are poisonous and can kill!
The greenhouse is called the 'cool fernery.' We ended our lovely afternoon at home listening to Jarvis Cocker 's Sunday Service on BBC6 (Marianne told us to, but we love Jarvis anyway) whilst admiring some old photos of Marianne Faithfull in her cool finery:
The Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS
Recent Marianne Faithfull photo: Julian Broad, older photos from The Selvedge Yard