Abyssinia
Ethiopia - Italy tried, unsuccessfully, to conquer Abyssinia in the 1890s. In 1934 it was one of the few independent states in a European-dominated Africa.
aerodrome
An aerodrome or airfield is a term for any location from which aircraft flight operations take place.
Alba
Alba roses are classified as Old Garden Roses because they were developed prior to the introduction of the first hybrid tea in 1867.
anemone
Also known as wind flower, this is a perennial, herbacious plant.
Arvensis
This field rose is a deciduous shrub, up to 2 m in height. It also grows along hedges on neutral, lime-rich and heavy clay soils.
balustrade
A balustrade is a row of repeating balusters - small posts that support the upper rail of a railing. Staircases and porches often have balustrades.
billeted
To assign a lodging to a soldier.
Blitz
The sustained bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between September 7, 1940 and May 10, 1941.
Bloomsbury
An area of central London located in the burough of Camden.
Bluebell
The Bluebell (K80) was a Flower-class corvette launched in 1940 and sunk by a torpedo in 1945.
bower
A leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
breeches
Knee-length trousers, often with ornamental buckles or elaborate decoration at or near the bottoms, commonly worn by men and boys in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries.
British Queen
Bred by Archibald Findlay in 1894, this is a superbly flavoured mashing potato
bucolic
Of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
cadged
To get (food, money, etc.) by sponging or begging.
Campanula
HMS Campanula was a British Royal Navy Corvette of the Flower class. She was launched on May 23, 1940. She was sold for scrap on 21 August 21, 1947.
Canina
A deciduous shrub rose with flowers that are usually pale pink, but can vary between a deep pink and white.
CO
Commanding Officer, typically a Captain, in the Armed Forces.
coffers
A box or chest, especially one for valuables.
Convolvulus
Corvette of the Flower class, sold to be broken up for scrap on August 21 1947.
Daimler
Likely refers to Gottlieb Daimler, German automobile inventor.
delphinium
A perennial flowering plants in the buttercup family. The flowers are commonly purple, but a white variety exists as well. The common name is larkspur.
Devon
A large county in Southwest England.
dormers
A dormer is a structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface.
dungarees
Work clothes made of blue denim.
écorcher
To skin.
eglantine
Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips.
esaplier
The horticultural technique of training trees through pruning and grafting in order to create formal "two-dimensional" or single plane patterns by the branches of the tree.
escallonia hedge
An evergreen hedge shrub with small green glossy leaves.
étude
An étude (a French word meaning study), is an instrumental musical composition, most commonly of considerable difficulty, usually designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular technical skill.
Foxglove
The foxglove is a stately plant that has been featured in gardens for centuries. A common, vertical accent in cottage gardens, the foxglove has also been grown for cut flowers, as an herb for medicinal purposes and in Victorian era gardens as well.
fug
Stale air, esp. the humid, warm, ill-smelling air of a crowded room, kitchen, etc.
geums
Any plant of the genus Geum, comprising the avens.
Golden Wonder
Originally found in 1906, this potato is reputed by some to have the best flavour of all potato varieties.
Gold Flakes
A widely sold brand of cigarettes in India and Pakistan.
gramophone
The British English term for U.S. English "phonograph", the first device for recording and replaying sound. The two names were originally those used by rival manufacturers.
Guildhall
A building in London that has been used as a town hall for several hundred years, and is still the ceremonial and administrative centre of London. It is located of Gresham and Basinghall Streets.
hedonism
The doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
Highgate Cemetery
A cemetery in London which opened, in its original form, in 1839.
Hollyhock
The hollyhocks comprise about 60 species of flowering plants in the genus Alcea in the mallow family. They are biennial or short-lived perennial plants growing to 3.5 m tall, with broad, rounded, palmately lobed leaves and numerous flowers, pink or yellow in the wild species, on the erect central stem.
Humilis
A wild rose with pink petals and a strong frangrance.
Hyacinth
Flower Class Corvette ordered from Harland and Wolff at Belfast on September 19, 1939.
Inodora
A wild rose with white to pink, pink undertones and a moderate fragrance.
jerseys
A close-fitting, knitted sweater or shirt.
jumpers
British term for sweater.
Kew Gardens
One of the world's leading bontanic gardens, Kew is ten miles from central London, next to the Thames.
kingfisher
A group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds.
lavatories
Rooms with conveniences for washing and usually with one or more toilets.
liniment
A liquid or semiliquid preparation for rubbing on or applying to the skin, as for sprains or bruises, usually soothing or counter irritating.
mackintosh
Chiefly British - any raincoat
magnolia
A large striking evergreen tree with large dark green leaves and large white fragrant flowers.
May Queen
A white-fleshed potato commonly used in Japan.
Mrs. Dalloway
A novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1925.
mullioned
One of the radiating bars of a rose window.
Night and Day
A novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1919.
Orange Goff
A variety of apple (also known as the pork apple) which is of medium size, with red skin striped with crimson and green. It has a firm slightly acidic flesh and is considered a fine culinary apple.
Paddington
A major station for both the London Underground and National Rail. The station dates from 1854 and is located in central London.
pedantic
To be overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
peonies
Herbaceous perennial plants 0.5–1.5 metres tall, but some are woody shrubs up to 1.5–3 metres tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.
Phlox
Any of about 65 species of plants belonging to the family Polemoniaceae, admired both in gardens and in the wilds for their clustered heads of flowers.
Phoenicea
A type of Damask rose known for its fragrance and tendency to produce double flowers.
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is a busy plaza in the heart of London at the junction of five major streets: Regent street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly and Covent Street.
Pigeon's Heart
Also known as Queen Mother, the Pigeon's Heart is a dessert plum with yellow, rich, sugary flesh.
potentillas
Any of numerous herbs or shrubs of the genus Potentilla, of the North Temperate Zone, having pinnately or palmately compound leaves and yellow, white, or red flowers with many pistils.
pudding
In the United Kingdom, pudding refers to rich, fairly homogeneous starch- or dairy-based desserts such as rice pudding or, informally, any dessert.
queue
line or sequence of persons, vehicles etc awaiting their turn to be attended to or proceed.
Rosa rugosa
A shrub rose with sweetly scented flowers.
rucksack
The word rucksack is a German word mainly used in the UK and in the US Army: 'der Rücken' means 'the back' (the part of the body). It's a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
Salad Blue
First grown in Scotland in 1900's, Salad Blue is very blue. The skin and flesh of this potato are both a strong, deep blue.
Sancta
Closely allied to the Damasks. Large, single pink flowers with good foliage.
scuttles
A metal pail for carrying coal.
sideboard
A sideboard is an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes such as silver, and for storage.
sotto voce
To speak under one's breath.
Southampton Row
A major thoroughfare running northwest-southeast in Bloomsbury, Camden, central London.
Tavistock Square
This Georgian square was built by James Burton and Thomas Cubitt between 1803-26. Located in Bloomsbury, its most famous resident was Charles Dickens, who wrote Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, and part of Great Expectations there.
terraced houses
A house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls - also known as row or town houses.
The Lumper
A breed of potato dating around 1810, it required little manure and tolerated poor soil.
The Voyage Out
A novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1915.
Victoria sponge
The Victoria sponge cake was named after Queen Victoria. A traditional Victoria sponge consists of jam sandwiched between two sponge cakes; the top of the cake is not iced or decorated.
Vittelette Noir
I found a different spelling for this species of potato: vitelotte. They are an ancient potato variety which was grown by the Incas of Peru approximately 800 years ago. They were introduced in France around the middle of the 19th century. Vitelottes have a long, thin body and a dimpled, dark gray skin. Their flavor is nutty, almost chestnut.
wellingtons
A leather boot with the front part of the top extending above the knee.