Capture the Colour 2013

Last year I took part in Capture the Colour, a competition run by Travel Supermarket. The idea is that you submit a photo that conveys each of five colours. This year Georgia invited me to join in, go check her entries at Georgia’s White photo is my favourite, I wonder which you would choose?

My RED photo was taken at Rosemoor, my favourite Royal Horticultural Society garden, I like the double dose the reflections bring.
For YELLOW I’m still in Devon, this time on the Exe estuary when the tide was so far out you could almost walk to Starcross.

GREEN is Rosemoor’s pristine hedges and borders in late summer.
And for BLUE I’m bringing you Brixham harbour in June.

A bit further afield, this is Mount Etna. It’s peak is shrouded in a mixture of smoke, steam and cloud, each a fluffy WHITE.
I think the competition closes at midnight tonight so if you’re quick you can still enter.


Lady Anne’s Rosemoor

On of my favourite parts of Rosemoor is Lady Anne’s garden. She was the previous owner of Rosemoor, and in 1988 she donated her 8 acre garden and another 32 acres of land to the RHS. For this post I’m choosing some of Septembers loveliest flowers.

So, have you any idea which might be my favourite plant?

If you would like to know what any of the plants are, I remember most of them and I know a blogger who will know the ones I can’t recall!


Rosemoor, the Hot Garden in September

I’ve posted about Rosemoor before here when I visited in winter for the sculpture exhibition. Being a Royal Horticultural Society garden, it is absolutely beautiful all year round and in late summer they have a ‘hot garden’ with a real wow factor, that my photos don’t really capture. It will give you an idea though and who knows maybe one day you  will visit. 

As always click for a bigger view and I’ll be back again soon with some more of the garden.

RHS Rosemoor, a garden in winter

I’ve been to one of my favourite gardens today, looked after by the Royal Horticultural Society, Rosemoor is near Great Torrington and an hour from home. It’s a garden for all seasons and perhaps best known for its midsummer display of roses. Much as I love roses, it can be a bit busy there for me then and the rose garden is more formal than I like a garden to be.

At this time of the year its heaven, full of the earliest of spring flowers and shrubs and the trees look stunning in their nakedness. There is fragrance everywhere, most noticeably from Daphne, Viburnum and Box with the occasional waft of Eucalyptus. The most common snowdrops are coming to the end of their season but they have many varieties still looking fresh, crocuses are abundant, and the dwarf narcissi and hellebore are exquisite.

Rosemoor is divided into several sections, a winter garden, herbaceous, woodland, exotic and the original garden created by Lady Anne Palmer who gifted the 65 acres to the RHS. To reach Lady Anne’s garden you walk through a tunnel under the road towards the house which is surrounded by a more relaxed style of planting with Mediterranean area and the stone garden.

A very well planned vegetable garden produces an abundance of fresh food for the restaurant as well as seed for research. Right now the espaliered fruit trees are still dormant, but this really shows the skill involved in maintaining them. Strings of last season’s onions hang in a thatched summerhouse along with pumpkins, gourds and dried peppers and everywhere you walk there is an orchestra of birdsong.

Modern water features and ponds can be seen in the formal areas and there is a large lake stocked with Rudd and visited by ducks, and amphibians. The area around the lake has been refurbished since I was last there, smartened up and I prefer it as it was, but no doubt health and safety had to be considered, so it now has an improved path to the edge and a wooden bridge that I do like.

The icing on the cake today was a sculpture exhibition, a wonderful selection of art scattered throughout the garden, and great fun to turn a corner and find the next piece. It was all for sale and for those with a few thousand ponds to spare there were some very desirable things to choose from, my favourite was called ‘Refuge’ and of course was way beyond my reach.


I spent five hours happily wandering, it’s a very peaceful way to spend a day especially as the sun came out after lunch. Perhaps I will go back when the roses bloom or maybe when the vegetable garden reaches its zenith in August, whenever it will always be a delight!

I think I have created a pdf thingy of some of the Rosemoor sculpture photos I took, try clicking and let me know if it works!