A hedge or a fence

If you’re not sure, it maybe a fedge, rather like the one growing at RHS Rosemoor. It was born around four years ago, when around fifteen varieties and mixed colours were planted. The willow is harvested each year and the stems have been used to create the fedge.


The fedge will be clipped as it grows,  to maintain the geometric design.

The colours are planted in groups.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

See how the fedge blends with the background, creating strong vertical lines?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was at Rosemoor for the sculpture in the garden, my first visit for several years. Each winter they have the sculpture exhibition, it blends beautifully with naked trees, the curves of the valley, hard landscaping and excellent design like the fedge.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd of course there is the hobbit house!




The Edible Garden

Jude’s chosen the edible garden for her challenge this month. She says we can post a photo of a single tomato plant or a whole rice terrace. There’s nothing quite like digging or picking fruit or veg that you’ve grown yourself, but not everyone has that option.

I’ve long admired the vegetable garden at RHS Rosemoor, here in Devon, and have photographed it in all seasons. Here are some of the munchies I’ve seen there.

Any guesses which one I’d never eat?


January: Winter Gardens

Jude’s new challenge has begun, and much as I’ll miss her bench challenge, garden photography is something I love. The theme for January is Winter Gardens, not the easiest when so much is dormant in damp, grey England. She doesn’t mind if we use photos from our archives and luckily I have a few from a visit to Rosemoor a few years ago.


Every winter they have a sculpture exhibition with fascinating pieces displayed throughout the garden, Jude if you’ve never been in winter I recommend it.


Interesting bark like the Acer Griseum in the first photo, and bright golden bamboo adds an extra element when flowers are scarce.

Brightly coloured conifer is a bonus too.


Silver birch always glow beautifully, especially when planted in groups.


Rosemoor is an RHS garden, so of course they know what they’re doing, and good hard landscaping stands out in winter.


This summerhouse is a nice spot, for a bit of a sit down.


Aren’t these doves a delight, perfectly placed, they could almost be real.


This isn’t the first time I’ve posted about Rosemoor in Winter, but in case you’ve known me a long time, I’ve used different photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

If I had my choice I would only have one season – summer, like Cat Bird in Oman has! Having said that, it’s December and we have only had two or three frosts so far. Cheri Lucas at The Daily Post has asked us to share a picture that means changing season to us, but I couldn’t think how so I’m posting all four seasons.