Last Thursday, I met up with Jess from Rusty Duck (http://www.rustyduck.net/) at RHS Rosemoor. I've never been, which is ridiculous given that it's only about an hour away. Rosemoor was given to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988 by its then owner Lady Anne Palmer. It became her and her mother's home in 1931 after the death of her father Robert Horace Walpole the fifth, last earl of Orford. During WW2, the house was used by the Red Cross to house families from Docklands and the East End of London whose houses had been bombed out, but Lady Anne returned after the war with her husband and young son, and ran the estate as a farm. Her interest in gardening began whilst recuperating from measles in 1959 in Spain where she met the plantsman Collingwood 'Cherry' Ingram. She travelled around the world collecting plants for Rosemoor whose diversity is now amazing. I am not that knowledgeable but Jess was an amazing guide, and could name almost everything. I'm better with wild flowers - that's my excuse anyway. We walked past the angular hedges above and into the rose gardens whose blooms were fading slightly but still staggering. They had tried to grow ramblers along these ropes with mixed results:
Below was the best result, covering the rope completely and leaving a beautiful swag of blooms:
A bit more of the rope showing here.....
I'm not really a rose person but, after this visit, I think I could be given unlimited funds and a much larger patch.
The oriental poppies were amazing:
In the next section were beautiful Delphiniums:
Sea Hollies (Eryngiums):
I loved these Ligularia and so did the bees:
I thought these spears of Elegia Capensis were amazing. So nice to see things I could never grow but would love to.
There was a wildflower area.......
......a pond reminiscent of Monet paintings:
No idea what this is but it was growing around the fringes of the pond:
This area was labelled 'In Flanders Fields', commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 on August 4th this year:
A huge woven man's face hanging in a tree:
At this point it started raining; the first rain for weeks; nice timing by us there. On our way to find shelter in a tiny and exquisite building I failed to photograph due to the severity of the downpour, I managed to get this amazingly large Allium head:
And some very lovely pine cones......variety unknown due to making a run for it:
In the end, the lure of coffee and cake, forced us out of the enviable tiny building that I can find no photographs of anywhere on the web, past these huge Iris, variety unknown:
Coffee and cake was delicious and we parted in the rain after a lovely morning - thank you Jess. I got home to this:
Rain soaked Sedge:
I have had a Yellow Flag Iris for eleven years, grown from a rhizome found on a path in a park, which had never flowered. It has lived in three different gardens and has flowered for the first time this year. I'm not the only one who is impressed:
When I went to feed Trigger that evening, I thought this pile of Columbines waiting to harvest for seed looked beautiful on my neighbours' bench:
A busy weekend again with the School summer fair on Saturday; me on the book stall as usual. I hope we made lots of money to fund the school trips for the following year. I can't believe OB will start his final year there in September. Where do those years go? Until next time, I hope you all had lovely weekends and here are Jack in the mist........
And Snippet on the bedroom window sill, described by friends as 'made for a dog' before we had one. We had to oblige really.