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  • Exploring South Africa by Peter Adams

    sheiladearing on 26 Feb 2013 at 02:47 PM

    At the start of February I swapped the cold and damp winter weather of North Devon for the far hotter and drier climate of South Africa’s late summer.  I spent 17 days adventuring around some of the furthest reaches of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, covering some 2273 kilometres; travelling from the coast at Port Elizabeth to the high Drakensburg Mountains overlooking the Eastern Cape and bordering on to Lesotho. I took the opportunity to climb the highest mountain in the Eastern Cape some 3001 metres above sea level, then ventured back to the coast at Kei Mouth to explore the coastal plants of South Africa; whilst visiting everywhere, it seemed in between. This included venturing over South Africa’s highest road at Naude’s Nek at 2500 metres above sea level on dirt roads that seemed to have been scratched into the mountain side with shear drops on every corner. To give you an idea of height, Ben Nevis is only 1344 metres above sea level.

    South Africa is well known for its never ending array of plants, one that has strongly interested me for years as a horticulturalist,  South Africa seems to produce a never ending list of genus, that we all enjoy seeing grown in gardens all over the world and botanist continue to find new species on a regular basis even today. Yet very few horticulturalists and gardeners get to view them growing in their natural environment, often tucked away in minute plant populations in some extremely remote areas with the ever present risk of extinction caused by humans over grazing areas with animals or developing areas of land for roads and buildings; so the opportunity to fulfil the ambition of visiting South Africa was one not to be missed


  • Ornamental Prunus are looking great!

    sheiladearing on 18 Feb 2013 at 10:06 AM
    I was walking round the garden earlier in the week and noticed how wonderful our early flowering Prunus were looking. I spotted the first one on approaching the Herb Garden from the Stream Field. This is the beautiful white blossomed Prunus mume 'Omoi-no-mama' (Japanese apricot); a small tree that is in its prime when everything else in the Herb garden is still to get going.



  • Horses for Courses - By Andrew Lane

    sheiladearing on 08 Feb 2013 at 03:49 PM

    Did you ever wonder what the saying ‘Horses for courses’ actually meant? I discovered that it is an old English idiom that means the right method or tool for the right situation. Well, here at RHS Garden Rosemoor we have the perfect example of horses for courses, in the actual form of horses!

    Remember the tree felling and brash burning that ensued before Christmas? It was done with the intention of removing hazardous trees that had been killed or were dying due to Dendroctonus micans infestation. I did tell you to watch this space and here it is. As a continuation of that effort, with the brash burnt, the final thing to remove is the felled and cleaned trees