In this season, perhaps you follow this unknown author’s credo:
“The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.”
Pineapples have found their way into the Annals of Icons representing the notion of power, wealth and hospitality.
You probably know the story of the audacious ship captains who skewered defenseless pineapples on their fence posts indicating “OK fair-weather friends, I’m back from the tropics. I’m accepting visitors. Come on over and BYOBrandy.”
With this theme in mind I went a-hunting for my mother’s pineapple upside-down cake retro-recipe . . . and photos of pineapples. I thought this picture was impressive.
Scotsman John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, commissioned this formal garden. The construction of the pineapple garden house was interrupted a bit when he went to Virginia in 1771 to serve as what would be the last colonial governorship of Virginia.
Murray used his hothouse to grow pineapples using a furnace-driven heating system in the walls. The design and stone-mason crafting is impressive. Each element of the pineapple dome is curved, graded and drained to avert damage from frost and water accumulation.
The pineapple structure is located in Dunmore Park near Airth, Scotland.
Photo by ‘itmpa’ Creative Commons Attribution License, Flickr
Nancy R. Peck