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RHS Rosemoor visit end of August 2015


We recently had a 5 day break in Devon, the weather was changeable but we were pleased to have a fine and dry start to our visit to this beautiful RHS garden.

They were celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with plenty of activities for the children.

We watched some of the North Devon Falconry birds of prey flying, including this handsome Eagle Owl, described as being ‘thick as two short planks’ and a pain to train! It soon became obvious just how much his trainer cared for him though.

We walked from there to a little Tearoom, just had a latte, no cream tea as we knew that was available later in the day, more of that later in the blog! Wonderfully maintained grass and trees.

Grasses featured in a few of the borders and beds …

We made our way across to the Rose garden and remarked how much has grown since our last visit in 2011. The rope swags were barely concealed then and I’m sure the Clematis were a lot lower!

We left the Rose garden in search of the hot flower beds … what a treat was in store … just look at the colours in there!

Just time to read this sign before heading to the plant sales area …

There were masses of Butterflies feeding on the plants in the sales area …

We left and drove up to the Dartington Glass factory where we were due to meet up with some GoY friends in the afternoon.

It was a real pleasure to have finally met up with some GoY friends. We enjoyed a Devon cream tea and, I hope, one anothers company!

The time to get back on the coach came all too soon.

So, until we meet up some other time, happy gardening to you all!

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Great tour, thank you! Imagine having the space and imagination to make that hot garden...
So good to meet up with Goy friends too - what a lovely day.

31 Aug, 2015


Thank you for sharing, love the photo of the hot border in front of the purple trees, the one before you went to the tea shop!

31 Aug, 2015


What a lovely blog, Shirley . . . so glad you had such a great time!

31 Aug, 2015


What a beautiful Garden,Shirley..I wish we could have had the opportunity to the Owl,my favourite bird,he looks quite intelligent to me :o) and the colour there is breathtaking..It was lovely meeting you and Michael,and thanks for being in cohorts with make it happen :o) Britain's answer to Cagney and Lacey,or maybe Rosemary and Thyme ! super sleuths Lol x

31 Aug, 2015


I think it should be Rosemary and Thyme Bloomer ! Hahaa!
I found out from Chris that you were going to meet up !
I'm pleased you all had a lovely time together Shirley ! I wish I'd been there too !
I loved your "walk" round the gardens. They were all so beautiful ! The hot flower beds were amazing and the rose garden has given me an idea on putting ropes across from my conservatory to my arch ! Well...ideas and actually doing it ...doesn't always work ! Something to think about when winter comes !

31 Aug, 2015


I am pleased everyone is enjoying the visit to Rosemoor ... I told Chris if I were lucky enough to live close by (as she does) I would visit the garden each and every week!

Sandra, we were more like 'Dumb & Dumber' at times! We knew you were in Barnstaple on Tuesday morning, but couldn't imagine trying to find you!

Rose, don't do it, your arch, or worse, the conservatory, might fall down with the weight of it all ... lol!

31 Aug, 2015


What fantastic pictures of a beautiful garden, hopefully a place for us to visit in the future;0) It was great meeting up with everyone just a pity we didnt have more time together, but hopefully another meeting in the future ;0))

31 Aug, 2015


We had our heads down most of the time,Shirley,as it rained all morning,so I would probably have walked past you anyway ! Lol..We weren't impressed really..but the afternoon in Dunster was wonderful..and warm and sunny..
Not so back in Lynmouth,so we were very lucky :o)

31 Aug, 2015


A beautiful selection of photos of Rosemoor Shirley and I am glad you liked it there so much. The 'hot' garden looks magnificent.

It is a really lovely place to visit throughout the whole of the year. My husband's sister gives him RHS membership as his birthday present so we do go there a lot. I love it there no matter what the season is!

It was a very special afternoon when we all met up and I am so pleased that it happened!! Lovely memories.

Here's to the next time :-)

31 Aug, 2015


Excellent blog. Thank you for the lovely photography.
Maybe people could blog when they are going to an open garden like this next summer, date and time, for local members to go along and meet up ?

1 Sep, 2015


Ah yes! The covert operations came off Shirley! Well done. Isn't it amazing how colourful the late perennials are! They put the rest of the garden into the 'shade'. Lovely to see you all together! :)

1 Sep, 2015


Thanks everyone for your lovely comments ... I only wish we had spent longer together :o)

1 Sep, 2015


Smashing blog, Shirley.Nice you managed to meet up with other GOYers.
Rosemoor looks lovely.I shall have to get down there one day. Although, it's a long way to travel.
Isn't that hot coloured bed fantastic with the heleniums, Crocosmia etc etc. ....fantastic!thats one good thing about garden visits at this time of year..all the hot/bold colours are out.

1 Sep, 2015


And we collect lots of ideas to record, to remember
when searching Garden Centres for the right hardy plants !

2 Sep, 2015


Lovely blog Shirley and stunning pictures!! We went to Harlow Carr a couple of weeks ago and there was an Alice in Wonderland theme there too, did take pictures but on my iPod,forgot camera,they're all the wrong way up though, I'll sort it :-)

2 Sep, 2015


Glad you liked Rosemoor, Paul, it is a long drive but so worth it.

Kathy, shame about your photos. It seems a problem on GoY and I can only turn my head sideways so often ... :o)

3 Sep, 2015


Lovely to see all you 'Goyers' together there, great idea to meet up! Glad you had a fun afternoon. x

5 Sep, 2015


Hello Gm, long time no see as they say, hope you're well? It was great to have met up with all of them, the cream tea was good too!

5 Sep, 2015

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