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  • Talented Tim from Torrington

    sheiladearing on 19 Dec 2011 at 08:59 AM

    To improve the range and diversity of the roses growing here at Rosemoor we decided to open up an area that has always been a little problematic for us; the path between the Herb Garden and the Shrub Rose Garden (SRG) which used to have an 8ft hedge running down each side; creating a rather dark and uninviting area of the garden.

    My suggestion was to open this up by taking out the hedge bordering the SRG and replacing it with rose arches so we could grow a much more vigorous rose than our catenary swags allow. This gave me the opportunity to grow an old favourite of many, Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière' AGM,” this is an old variety that has proved to be reliable and if there is one thing that we have learned from gardening in this Devon valley is that reliability always wins. We also intend to use two others, R. “Narrow Water” a repeat flowering rambler of moderate height and a pillar rose of 7ft R. WARM WELCOME 'Chewizz' AGM. 



    sheiladearing on 07 Dec 2011 at 08:29 AM

    The Fruit and Veg. garden has just acquired a weather vane, courtesy of a donation from one of our visitors. As well as telling us the wind direction, the vane will also let our visitors see the orientation of the garden, which is very important as the direction that any wall or fence faces will determine what subjects will successfully grow there. So our south facing wall (which is in full sun all day, except when it’s raining) is home to our peaches, nectarines and figs. While our east facing wall, which only sees the sun up to mid-day, is perfectly adequate for trained gooseberries, red currants and morello cherries.
    Our donation came from the collection at the funeral of one of our visitors who died a few months short of his 100th birthday. And it was his daughter who wanted to give the money to Rosemoor’s  Fruit and Vegetable garden in his memory. This is what she said in her letter:
    “My Father loved visiting Rosemoor, especially the vegetable garden, and by way of thanks, I am hoping you can use this money to help maintain this area.
    Rosemoor gave Dad great pleasure and as he became frailer I would take him around your beautiful gardens with his wheelchair. It always cheered him up and made him feel better especially if we stopped for lunch. (He liked to eat what he saw growing!)
    I shall miss my Dad but will always have happy memories on my regular visits to Rosemoor.”