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  • SCARECROW FESTIVAL AT ROSEMOOR

    sheiladearing on 04 Feb 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Even now in late winter time the days are already lengthening and the precious sunlight is creeping over the cold earth warming the soil and bringing the promise of new life.  From times immemorial this is that vital period when, if man is to survive, he must plant the seeds for the crops which will grow through the coming months and allow his family to live and thrive.  Life for agrarian societies, dependent as they were on the land, was harsh and even mere existence was a tenuous affair.  Starvation was a constant threat in such people’s life.  Freshly sown seed and tender new growth were always in need of protection from the brutal forces of nature which conspired to destroy man’s future scarce resources of food.   Birds and especially the Corvid family have always plagued farmers, descending en masse on the freshly ploughed and sown winter fields to sate their voracious appetites on man’s hard won crops. 

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  • Tarting Up the Tatty and Replacing the Rotten by Andrew Lane

    sheiladearing on 04 Apr 2013 at 03:43 PM

    Visitors and staff alike may have noticed a sudden and rapid renovation occurring in the Potager at RHS Garden Rosemoor. A new wall here, new paving there and sadly the disappearance of long standing Vitis and Pergolas along with the mournful removal of an iconic Wisteria macrobotrys that has adorned the central structure for the best part of the last 20 years.

     It’s not as bad as it sounds though and there’s no need to panic as the key to renovation is to get your target area to a stage from which it can be developed. This sometimes requires a seemingly drastic reduction of what is already in place so that you have wider parameters to work within and more scope for improvement.
    In the Potager, however, it is a case of less is more and the four square iron pergolas that have been removed create a more open feel to the garden and allow the design to flow into that of the Cottage and Herb Gardens more harmoniously.

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  • Get Set – Get Sowing by Catherine Norman

    sheiladearing on 27 Mar 2013 at 09:26 AM


    Now is one of my favourite times of year as spring starts and the days are getting longer  it is time to start seed sowing and all the promise that holds for the coming year.


    I have been busy on the nursery getting the seeds sown ready for the planting season. It started with sowing sweet peas, one seed into a 7cm pot on 15th February but there is still plenty of time to get them going. Ours will soon need potting up into 1 litre pots and tying into canes. Many people set their sweet peas off in the autumn but ours are ready and waiting to get out in the garden by the end of May and always put on a good display in the garden.
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  • Not quite a hedge, but a 'Fedge' by Peter Earl

    sheiladearing on 21 Mar 2013 at 04:11 PM

    Next time you are near the PBLC site, look out for the newly planted ‘fedge’; it’s a cross between a fence and a hedge, made of willow and you can see it contouring around the Willow bed.

    This bed was planted up last winter with a selection of hard wood cuttings, and they have established well in what was a very wet year.

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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

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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

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  • Breaking the Board....om of January by Peter Adams

    sheiladearing on 31 Jan 2013 at 02:21 PM

    At the beginning of January, we decided to give the allotment plots in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre (PBLC) vegetable growing area a spruce up for this year’s growing season by boarding out each plot.


    The vegetable growing area has multiple uses; however the main one is by Rosemoor’s own community allotment course. We offer ten plots to members of the local community to come and learn the skills they need to successfully grow their own veg. For £50 each, the allotment keepers are given a small plot of ground, all the tools and equipment and the manure and compost they require. The seeds are generously donated by Thompson and Morgan for each plot holder. The allotment keepers also receive one tutorial a month from one of the fruit and veg. team on what they need to be doing at that time of year, from soil cultivation and seed sowing to pest and diseases to harvesting their crops which they get to keep and enjoy. The course runs from February through to October, with a new group of people starting each year.

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  • Magical Witch Hazels by James Shepherd

    sheiladearing on 18 Jan 2013 at 11:53 AM

    The mild weather before and immediately after Christmas has hastened the flowering of many of the shrubs in the Winter Garden at Rosemoor and the Hamamelis, or witch hazels, have been putting on an especially dazzling display of colour.


    Pale yellow-flowered Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ AGM and red-flowered H. x intermedia ‘Diane’ AGM are two of the star performers in the Winter Garden, although neither has the strong, spicy fragrance of H. x intermedia ‘Pallida’ AGM

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  • No Hedge to High by John Bridge

    sheiladearing on 03 Jan 2013 at 09:03 AM

    For the last few years we have been finding a new innovative way of cutting the tops of our ‘New Garden’ hedges. With the hedges slowly creeping up each year and the difficult access, coupled with the various dangers of using ladders; using a hired M.E.W.P (Mobile Elevated Work Platform)or cherry picker known to some, saves time, effort and  increases productivity.


    Armed with risk assessments, cones and more safety barriers than you can shake a stick at, our team of trained operatives begin work

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  • A Christmas Spruce by Andrew Lane

    sheiladearing on 21 Dec 2012 at 02:19 PM

    It’s that beautiful time of year once again, where frosty mists hang in the valleys; roaring fires keep the cold out and warm our toes; and many people decorate a traditional Christmas tree with lights and baubles to brighten up the long nights.
     

    At RHS Garden Rosemoor however, it’s a slight variation on a theme. Instead of a warm cosy fire in the grate, it is blazing bonfires and instead of decorating a quaint little spruce, we’re burning them! This is a continuation of our on-going battle against the dreaded Great Spruce Bark Beetle (Dendroctonus micans)

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  • Fencing in the Car Park by Sally Cosgrove

    sheiladearing on 12 Dec 2012 at 08:37 AM

    Over the course of a weekend a few of the garden staff started the first phase of an upgrade to Rosemoor’s car park. Our job was to erect fencing around a section of the perimeter of the car park, leaving walk-through gaps for easy access to the picnic tables on the grass. The new fencing will prevent cars from driving onto the surrounding lawn areas which ruins the edge and turns the grass into mud. Any sturdy fence can be used for this job but we chose wooden knee-high fencing, or bird mouth fencing, as it is solid, leaves a neat finish and isn’t so high as to block a view.

    The first part of the project was to ensure that precise measurements were made so that the fence posts were the correct distances apart. We used a motorised earth auger to create neat holes for the posts to go in. An auger is a drilling device that, due to its rotating screw blade, is able to remove the earth that is being drilled. Despite this, one of us needed to be on hand with a small shovel to remove any excess soil. Some of the drilling on the edge of the road was tough in places as the ground was incredibly stony. Perseverance was key, however, as to avoid a wonky fence it was important to make sure that all of the holes were at the same level

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  • Nuthatches in Lady Anne’s Garden by Penny King

    sheiladearing on 20 Nov 2012 at 01:43 PM

    Rosemoor plays host to many interesting birds throughout the year, both resident and migrating. On many occasions, whilst tending to the pot displays on the Veranda of Rosemoor House,  I have witnessed visits from our nuthatches. Here are some photos I took for you to have a look at…

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  • The British Pteridological Society comes to Rosemoor! Hoorah! by Penny King

    sheiladearing on 20 Nov 2012 at 12:25 PM

    On 5th October at Rosemoor Garden, it was FREE Friday!

    Free Friday offers the public a chance to come and experience the wonderful garden of Rosemoor without paying the usual entry fee at this special event

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  • Apple Day

    admin on 19 Oct 2012 at 03:21 PM

    On Sunday 7 October RHS Garden Rosemoor held another popular Apple Day. One of the stars of the show had to be Hallwood Farm Fresh Veg and their lovely pigs.

    Throughout the day on Sunday there were two orchard pigs in the Fruit Garden Field to entertain and educate visitors, kindly bought by Richard and Ruth Kelsey of Hallwood Fresh Veg. When these pigs arrived in the morning they were nameless so numerous families entered a competition to name them, the prize was a case of Rosemoor Apple Juice. Judged by Rosemoor’s Events Team and Peter Earl, Horticultural Team Leader of the Fruit and Veg Garden Team the winning names are … drum roll please … Rooter and Hooter by the Wilkins Family of Taunton, Somerset

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  • Removal of the Box Hedges in the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden by James Shepherd

    admin on 19 Oct 2012 at 03:06 PM

    Visitors to Rosemoor over the past few weeks will have noticed that the box hedges in the centre of the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden have been removed. The hedges had been showing symptoms of box blight for a while, but the amount of die-back had recently reached the point where the hedges were looking unsightly and the decision to remove them had to be made.

    Box blight is a disease of box plants caused by two different fungi. In all cases the leaves will turn brown and fall, leaving bare patches. In some cases black streaks will appear on the young stems and they will then die back

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  • Ferny Fun at Rowden Garden Nusery by Penny King

    admin on 19 Oct 2012 at 02:24 PM

    Sometimes, working as a Gardener at Rosemoor, I get the chance to visit specialist nurseries to source unusual plants.

    Jonathan Hutchinson and I travelled to Rowden Gardens located at , Brentor, Tavistock,  to visit John and Galen Carter. They have run a specialist nursery of rare and unusual aquatic, damp loving and herbaceous plants for some years now. It is a well-respected nursery (visits by appointment only - www.rowdengardens.com) and we have used them on many occasions over the years

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  • No Milling About by David Perry

    sheiladearing on 11 Sep 2012 at 09:27 AM

    We have just had a ‘Lucas’ sawmill hired in to mill oak trees that have been harvested or removed from the garden during recent years. Those of us from the garden team that helped run the mill with operator Ross; contracted in from ‘Woodmanship’ based in Haldon Forest, were a bit frazzled by the time we packed up at 6:30pm on the third day! 

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  • Tomato Leaf Problems by Peter Adams

    sheiladearing on 13 Aug 2012 at 02:11 PM

     

    Visitors to the allotment area at the Peter Buckley Learning Centre here at RHS Rosemoor may have seen some unusual damage that has occurred to the leaves of the tomato plants. We planted 64 plants as part of a trail in the polytunnel, however in recent weeks we have witnessed some strange distortions occurring.

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  • Buzz and Rumble in the Rosemoor Jungle…. by John Bridge

    sheiladearing on 09 Aug 2012 at 02:04 PM

    It’s that time of year again, schools have broken up and kids are on the loose craving for excitement. Parents are pulling out their hair trying to keep them amused. What better way to do so than with a trip down to Rosemoor for a bash on the drums and a lesson in rhythm and African Culture.


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  • Pruning Vines at Rosemoor by Garry Preston

    sheiladearing on 12 Jul 2012 at 01:59 PM

    We grow our grapes at two locations at Rosemoor; on metal arches in the potager and trained on wires on the wall in the main veg. garden. They have been chosen for their disease resistance and suitability for the south-west climate.  The cultivars that have done well despite our wet summers are Vitis 'Triomphe d'Alsace' and V. 'Boskoop Glory' AGM in the potager; V. 'Phönix' and V. 'Kempsey Black' in the veg.  garden. These are dual purpose cultivars - both wine and dessert types.

    There are a number of different methods for training grapes but the simplest and the one we use at Rosemoor is variations on the single and double cordon.  This entails creating a single or double stem as a permanent framework and only pruning the annual growth back to 2 leaves beyond the flowers or to 5 leaves if no flowers are present. In the winter these shoots are pruned back to one bud and then the cycle starts all over again the following year.
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  • Trials and Celebrations

    Beth McClure on 31 May 2012 at 03:32 PM

    Lettuce takes on a starring role at Rosemoor this growing season. Whilst continuing to supply the restaurant with the first freshly harvested crops, the fruit and vegetable team have also been busy planting over 1000 lettuce plug plants that were grown from seed on the nursery. 

    Many of these formed part of the Rosemoor contribution to the RHS-wide trial of 45 different cos and gem lettuce cultivars.  Just one of 28 plant trials taking place in 2012/13 for the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM), the lettuce will be assessed on criteria such as size, colour, density, uniformity and disease resistance. Read More...

  • GAINING ON THE GASTROPODS by Garry Preston

    sheiladearing on 21 May 2012 at 02:36 PM

    Asparagus can be badly damaged by slugs. You first notice the damage when the spears appear to grow curved to one side. The slugs chew the tissue on one side of the spear causing it to grow distorted as the side opposite the damage continues to grow.


    At Rosemoor we use a number of methods to control slugs but one of the most effective on asparagus is a biological control using a nematode, sold as Nemaslug. This can be very effective providing the soil is wet enough for the nematodes to spread through the soil in search of food i.e. slugs. It does not work on snails.
    Because the nematodes require plenty of soil moisture to be effective we apply the solution in the rain, and when the next few days are also forecast wet – the wetter the better

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  • Aster La Vista Cotoneaster…by John Bridge

    sheiladearing on 21 May 2012 at 12:10 PM

    The overflow car park has served its purpose over the years but its appearance has become somewhat overgrown and congested. What with the many on-going projects and focus generally elsewhere in the up-keep of the garden, it’s been one of our least prioritised areas. There was a window of opportunity in early January to get the team together and get to grips with the area, work has since been on-going to get it back to a more manageable state.
    The pictures below show the various steps we took to restore order…


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  • A Task Not Without its Ups and Downs by Patrick Browne

    sheiladearing on 25 Apr 2012 at 10:34 AM

    As part of the on-going development of the copse in the Bicentenary Arboretum my colleagues and I rescued a rustic style See-Saw from its long term resting place in the yard, knocked the cobwebs and began to install it ready for the summer.

    Phil Peard skillfully maneuvred a three ton excavator between the trees to dig out a suitable trench ready for the ton of concrete required to ensure that the See-Saw remained steady in the ground. John Bridge tirelessly mixed load after load and transported them to the site to the accompaniment of “just one more load John”

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  • Ere! Ow did that hedge get so big!? by Dave Squire

    sheiladearing on 29 Mar 2012 at 03:12 PM

    Hedges are sneaky… Even when you promise yourself that they won’t be allowed to get too big, somehow they always do…!

    That’s what happened in Rosemoor’s Spiral Garden to our Chinese privet hedge, Ligustrum sinense. It is a major feature of the garden and was planted in 1991. Echoing the design it does literally spiral outwards, subtly gaining height as it does so. Unfortunately it had long since ceased to be a thing of beauty and had turned into our version of the Berlin Wall, (old joke I know!). At about 75 metres long and up to 3 metres tall it took an age to cut and created far too much shade.
    Something had to be done! 
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  • Out at last!

    sheiladearing on 14 Mar 2012 at 01:53 PM

    The new information boards for the Bicentenary Arboretum have at last been put in position.

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  • Major Thinning of Bicentenary Arboretum by Rod Knight

    sheiladearing on 06 Mar 2012 at 09:28 AM

    If you have been to Rosemoor lately you may have noticed the disappearance of a few trees and neat stacks of brash and logs in their place.

     

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  • Natural Sculptures at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 16 Feb 2012 at 02:35 PM

    We often have art exhibitions at Rosemoor, but during the winter months, the Garden itself has been the backdrop for over 60 sculptures, large and small, by a variety of different artists, working in wood, metal, resin, glass, fabrics and stoneware. To coincide with this, the Education team here devised a schools workshop to link with it, as part of our curricular education programme. Visiting schools have tended to take the workshop in the morning and view the Winter Sculpture Exhibition in the afternoon.

    School children are encouraged to work individually and in small groups to look closely at colour, shape, detail and natural objects before creating their own shapes and sculptures. Initially, they look at a range of pictures covering the work of several artists who work with natural materials – leaves, flowers, trees, turf, pebbles and willow, which opens their eyes and stretches their imaginations. Out in the garden, they each have a small sticky card on which they collect small samples of colour from plant materials found on the ground. Despite it being winter there is still a very wide range of colour available, though in smaller quantities.

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  • News from the Mediterranean Garden by Susie Hauxwell

    sheiladearing on 30 Jan 2012 at 09:42 AM

    Lady Anne’s team have been tackling Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) the scourge of the Mediterranean Garden.  This ephemeral weed has really taken advantage of the mild weather and seems to have germinated at a monstrous rate. 

    Hairy Bittercress can mature and set seed very quickly and is capable of many generations a year. Its life cycle really gets a hold in autumn time when it sets seed prolifically.  In an average winter its growth is checked by the cold weather but with only a hand full of frosts worth mentioning, it had taken hold and formed a green carpet in some beds.  Armed with patience, hand forks and kneeling pads the problem has been addressed.
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  • Sculptures at Rosemoor by Dave Squire

    sheiladearing on 24 Jan 2012 at 09:09 AM

    RHS Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition runs until 26th February so there’s still time to come along and enjoy the many different works placed throughout the garden!

    We’ve brought together twenty talented sculptors and around a hundred fascinating pieces so come along and see what you think.
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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. 

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  • WHICH WAY DOES THE WIND BLOW? by Peter Earl

    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.”

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  • The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side: A PBLC Update

    sheiladearing on 24 Nov 2011 at 09:10 AM

    The Peter Buckley Learning Centre (PBLC) here at Rosemoor took another step forward last week, as another area turned from bare topsoil to a more attractive, greener environment.

    How???  Well, with the help of over 150 square metres of turf that has appeared on the seating space in the allotment plots and the wildlife garden. Over the past few weeks Pete Earl and myself have laid four paved surfaces on to which picnic benches will sit, surrounding this was bare soil, which doesn’t make an ideal surface to enjoy the area. So, earlier last week pallet loads of turf arrived and we  rolled out roll after roll of turf on to what a few weeks ago was a far from perfect  ground that resembled a building site. But with some hard work and more soil, we turned it into something that is far more suited to turf laying

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  • Winter Visitors by Peter Earl

    sheiladearing on 09 Nov 2011 at 12:40 PM

    The first fieldfares have just arrived at Rosemoor. They move south from Scandinavia to escape the worst of the weather, and spend the winter months with us. They are big thrushes with grey heads and backs and you often see them in flocks with Redwings, another colourful, winter visiting thrush.

    One of their favourite trees to feed in when they arrive here is the Malus baccata or Siberian crab apple. We have a fine specimen just below the veg. garden, it’s a big tree which looks stunning in spring when it is smothered in fragrant white blossom and now it is covered in small red apples; ideal food for our blackbirds and thrushes as well as our visiting fieldfares who will gorge themselves for several weeks in readiness for the harsh winter to come

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  • Soggy fern hunting at the Garden House by Penny King

    sheiladearing on 07 Nov 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Monday 24th October and it was pouring with rain…all day!

    Not put off by the persistent precipitation though, Bridget (one of this year’s students) and I endeavoured on a trip in search of ferns! We were not surprised to see ducks floating past the car at window level, quacking and in their element

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  • A Touch of Glass - by Beth McClure

    sheiladearing on 07 Nov 2011 at 09:43 AM

    Rosemoor’s nursery has seen an exciting development with the arrival of a large, reconditioned glasshouse from Holland.  The 384,00m2 structure replaces three polytunnels that had served a commendable twenty years of service, but were struggling to protect Rosemoor’s more tender plants in the face of recent winter temperatures down to -15ْ C.  A combination of bubble wrap, fleece and gas hot box heaters thankfully kept losses to a minimum, but when the time came to re-skin some of the tunnels this year, it was clear that an energy-efficient glasshouse could make a real difference to the nursery’s operation.

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  • The succulent plants retire for the winter by Penny King

    sheiladearing on 07 Nov 2011 at 09:30 AM

    This summer, the Stone Garden in Lady Anne’s put on a wonderful display, thanks to the interesting range of tender succulent plants in the ornamental pots placed around the area.

    Now that autumn is upon us, these plants, including the visitors’ favourite, Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’ AGM are lifted and will spend the cold months of the year in a frost-free glasshouse in the Rosemoor Nursery.

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  • Soiling the PBLC Polytunnel by Peter Adams

    sheiladearing on 20 Oct 2011 at 10:37 AM

    It has always been the intention to build a polytunnel on the allotment area in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre. In recent months this has become reality with a 48 x 18 foot polytunnel arriving a few months ago. The area the tunnel was built on had been left completely bare of topsoil; this meant that when the tunnel was built, the finished height would be a foot higher than the clay subsoil, allowing for a thick layer of top soil to be added at a later date.

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  • SUMMER FRUITING RASPBERRIES by Garry Preston

    sheiladearing on 20 Oct 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Now is a good time to tie –in the summer fruiting raspberries before the bad weather arrives. Loose canes are easily damaged in windy weather if they are not tied in. Once the fruiting wood has been removed, preferably soon after they have finished fruiting, loosely tie in the new wood; do not tie in tightly to the wire at this stage because the new wood is rather fragile and liable to break.

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  • Update on the Peter Buckley Learning Centre Allotment Area

    sheiladearing on 10 Aug 2011 at 03:38 PM

    There has been a lot of activity around the allotment area in recent weeks:

    Last week the Poly Tunnel arrived and was erected in less than three days and looks very impressive. Now we will soil-up inside (ready for growing crops next year) and sort the surrounding area by completing the pathways

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  • If you go down to the Winter Garden today……

    sheiladearing on 10 Aug 2011 at 03:27 PM

    You may be in for a big surprise, because over the past few weeks we have been doing a fair bit of thinning-out of overgrown shrubs and trees.

    After 19 years, a number of the trees and shrubs in the Winter Garden had outgrown their allotted space and were either blocking the paths or growing into neighbouring plants.  We decided it was time to remove or prune some of these overgrown plants in order to give the remaining plants more space, allow more sunlight into the garden and create some space for new planting. 

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  • Vital Volunteers! by Dave Squire

    sheiladearing on 27 Jul 2011 at 11:48 AM

    It’s no exaggeration to say that our RHS Rosemoor volunteers (all 80 of them!) are vital! We simply could not achieve what we do without them.

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  • PLANTING LEEKS by Garry Preston

    sheiladearing on 11 Jul 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Leeks are traditionally raised in a specially prepared seedbed and transplanted later as young plants to their permanent site, but a Rosemoor we do things differently. We raise our young plants by sowing the seed direct into 7.5 litre pots and germinating them under glass. The ideal size for transplanting is when the young leeks are the size of a pencil.

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  • Students at RHS Rosemoor

    sheiladearing on 07 Jul 2011 at 08:47 AM

    One of the questions frequently asked by our garden visitors is “Do you have students here?”
    Yes we do!

    Although we have work experience youngsters from school and older people on short term placements, sometimes from colleges; our main `gang of three` (this year Katie, Peter and James) arrive in September and stay for a year to study for the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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  • Changes in the Winter Garden – Part Two

    sheiladearing on 16 Jun 2011 at 01:49 PM

    Back in December last year I wrote about the work we had been doing on the bed in the Winter Garden adjacent to the Peter Buckley Learning Centre and our plans to re-plant it with cultivars of British native plants. Well, the re-planting was completed in April and despite the stresses of the dry spring and the predations of various pests (rabbits and caterpillars of the small ermine moth) all of the plants appear to be doing well.

     

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  • HIDDEN GEMS

    sheiladearing on 19 May 2011 at 03:22 PM

    We often hear comments to the effect that roses are too much trouble and for several months of the year do nothing for the garden.  For several years Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' AGM has graced the wall in the courtyard behind Rosemoor House producing a modest display for a few weeks in early summer.  This year she has put on a superb show, justifying her presence,but she’s tucked away and easily missed.


    Rosa 'Madame Grégoire Staechelin' AGM; Old climbing rose, medium fragranc

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  • ‘Fernatical Fun’ at Wisley

    sheiladearing on 12 May 2011 at 03:16 PM

    It was 5 o’clock am on a cold February morning when I set off on my long journey to RHS Wisley in Surrey.

    I was very excited as I was going to meet Graham Ackers, the committee secretary of the British Pteridological Society.

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  • Fish on a dish - starring the hungry mink…

    sheiladearing on 09 May 2011 at 02:41 PM

     

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  • BROAD BEAN TRIAL 2011

    sheiladearing on 20 Apr 2011 at 03:01 PM

    This year, in conjunction with Wisely, we are running a broad bean trial. We are trialling 29 different cultivars. These were sown in a cold tunnel on the 23rd February; one seed per 9cm pot. They were planted out as small plants on the 7th April. I was surprised how much variation there was in the shape of the broad bean seeds, some were small and round like peas

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  • Great Spruce Bark Beetle at Rosemoor

    sheiladearing on 28 Mar 2011 at 03:31 PM

    About a year ago we noticed that a few of our sitka spruce [Picea sitchensis] were dying. After closer inspection and some research we identified the cause as being great spruce bark beetle.  We then took advice from the forestry commission on immediate action. We were told to leave as many trees standing as possible and they would come down and survey the site with a view to releasing a predator beetle [Rhizophagus grandis] to combat the great spruce beetle [Dendroctonus micans]. These were released in June 2010 and we are hoping to see a decrease in the no’s of infected trees over the next two years.


    In November we surveyed the lower woodland and identified 40 + trees to be removed. So while the lower woodland walk was still closed due to our new education centre building works, we took the opportunity to remove the dead or badly infected ones.
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  • Otter returns

    sheiladearing on 21 Mar 2011 at 01:51 PM

    Our curator spotted the otter again on Saturday morning. It was happily swimming around, oblivious to being watched! Unfortunately he did not have a camera on him but here is another of the photos taken on 28th February.

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  • PBLC update

    sheiladearing on 04 Mar 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Stacey’s, the contractors, who are building the Learning Centre Terrace have ‘stoned-out’, built block retaining walls and set out the shuttering where the raised beds and planting pockets will be. And today – Friday – they will start to pour concrete over the site, between the shuttered beds; this will be for laying slabs on later.

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  • Otter in the Lake

    sheiladearing on 28 Feb 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Little did I know the treat in store as I drove to work this morning. It all started when Helen radio’d to say that there was an otter in the lake. So I hot footed it from Lady Anne’s Garden where I was taking photo’s, to find Helen gazing over to the far bank of the lake. ‘It’s just been swimming up and down’ she said – typical I thought; missed it by just a few minutes! So, I went back to the office, and just as I was about to eat my orange, there was another call from Phil to say that the otter was in the lake again, so off I went (not so far this time!) and found Phil and Pete watching an otter happily swimming around the lake looking for fish (most of which the mink has already had!). As I watched, it started jumping out of the water and put on a wonderful display – by this time Phil and Pete had gone back to work and I was the only one to see it! I took lots of photo’s; most of which showed just a brown dot in the middle of the lake but and here is the best one.

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  • Exciting development in 'The Brash'

    sheiladearing on 24 Feb 2011 at 09:45 AM

    The new woodland shelter in the Brash has been completed this week and it looks perfect. It was built for us by a local man; Ben May (who has a forest crafts business) with his assistant Jake and two of Ben’s WWOOFers Chris and Ben.

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  • 3348 Bricks Later

    sheiladearing on 11 Feb 2011 at 09:30 AM

    After 2 months and 3348 bricks, the new pathway in the rear vegetable garden is now open; this completes the program of renewing the paths throughout the vegetable garden from gravel to more practical hard surfaces. Utilising several left over pallets of bricks from when the other paths in the vegetable garden were paved, Pete Earl and myself; with further assistance from Rod Knight, James Brenan and Katy Elton, have finally completed the path which was only ever planned to be closed from visitors for a couple of weeks.
     
    On the first weekend duty of the New Year, Pete, Rod and I set to and prepared the site which had already been excavated earlier in December. We levelled the hardcore surface to just below the concrete footing which Pete and I had poured earlier in the week. We then added a layer of sand over the top and ran over the plate compactor to compact it down.

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  • Bulb planting around the new Education Centre

    sheiladearing on 06 Jan 2011 at 02:39 PM

    Our brand new Learning Centre is now open to schools, so now we can concentrate on the landscaping around it. As schools and the public will gain access to the building and the woodland path from the Winter Garden, the transitional area between is very important as it links the formal garden with a much more informal area. To marry the two together as seamlessly as possible we have chosen bulbs, plants, shrubs and trees of wild origin, or their close relations.

    The building itself curves around the back of a mature oak, or Oak G as it has become known to us on all the construction plans, and the gardeners spent some considerable time during the autumn, clearing the bracken from underneath it, while saving the bluebells and wood anemones

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  • Changes in the Winter Garden

    sheiladearing on 22 Dec 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Those of you brave enough to venture out to Rosemoor during the recent cold weather may well have seen some changes happening in the Winter Garden. 

    After some debate, the weeping ash (Fraxinus excelsior ‘Pendula’ AGM) on the south west side of the Winter Garden lawn was recently felled.  Although it was undoubtedly a fine tree, with a striking winter outline, it had outgrown its allotted space and in the summer its wide-spreading canopy almost completely enveloped the plants in the bed below. 

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  • Bird Activity in the Garden

    sheiladearing on 16 Dec 2010 at 12:12 PM

    As the freezing weather has rendered groundwork in the Fruit and Vegetable Garden almost impossible, Pete and I have been spending the cold mornings (and afternoons!), undertaking the yearly check of all the different bird boxes we have on site for signs of activity.

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  • SPUR THINNING AND WINTER PRUNING ON MATURE APPLES AND PEARS GROWN AS RESTRICTED FORMS.

    sheiladearing on 08 Dec 2010 at 03:29 PM


    Fig 1: Restricted Forms of fruit at Rosemoor : espalier and step-over cordo

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  • New paths in the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

    sheiladearing on 01 Dec 2010 at 01:52 PM
    The paths in the fruit and vegetable garden are a mixture of brick pavers and gravel. The gravel paths are difficult to keep clean and scour out badly on the slopes when it rains so we decided to tarmac these paths, there was just enough money in the roads and paths budget if we prepared the paths ourselves for the tarmac contractors. 

    So me, Garry and Katy were joined by John Bridge, with a special guest appearance by Mr Trevor Mills on the mini-digger, we spent the week scraping the top off of the paths then fine tuning the levels to leave them exactly 40mm below our finished level – that allows for 40mm of tarmac to be laid.

     John preparing for the tarmac

     

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  • The Creatures from the Black Lagoon

    sheiladearing on 30 Nov 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Kitted out in waders and armed with a powerful pump, five intrepid gardeners recently ventured into the murky pools below the bridge at Rosemoor, searching not for an amphibious Gill-man but the large quantities of silt and rotting vegetation that has accumulated in the pools over the last two years. 

    The stream at Rosemoor is fed by a natural spring, backed up by a powerful pump which keeps the stream flowing when rainfall levels are low (not a common occurrence in Devon!).  Over time, silt accumulates in the pools along the stream as a result of soil washing into the stream from the banks in addition to leaves and other vegetation rotting down in the water.  Left to its own devices the stream will gradually fill up with silt and the ornamental effect will be lost.  The silt levels along the stream were becoming quite high and this is the best time of year to clean out the pools.  It is also our intention to introduce fish into the pool above the new footbridge so we were keen to dredge that particular pond as soon as possible

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  • Big on Bulbs

    sheiladearing on 09 Nov 2010 at 02:12 PM
    We are well into the autumn season in the garden and the colours of the leaves are looking vibrant as they turn golden, red, orange, yellow and brown. My favourite is the golden brown colour that our native oaks turn creating a splendid backdrop to the garden. We are already thinking ahead to spring and next year’s displays to make them even more interesting and colourful for our visitors; bulbs instantly come to mind. We have just purchased 33,900 bulbs which will keep us busy in the weeks ahead planting them in specific areas of the garden; in pots for displays in front of Rosemoor House and in the cottage garden; smaller bulbs in pots for the alpine display house; early flowering narcissus and freesias in the vegetable garden green house and last but not least tulips and daffodils for the spring bedding displays. The daffodil cultivars such as ‘February Gold’, ‘Hawera’ and ‘Jack Snipe’; will be planted in the shrubberies in areas such as the Winter Garden and Lake. They are ever dependable giving a good display year on year; we tend to choose the smaller cultivars that do not get so damaged in the wind and the rain. 

    Tulips have to be carefully used within the garden as they make excellent badger food so we use them in large terracotta pots in key locations around the garden and in large drifts in the bedding displays near the visitor’s centre, which seems to be a badger free zone. My favourite tulips are the dark, nearly black cultivars with sheen to the petals such as ‘Queen of the Night’ and ‘Black Jewel’.

     

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  • Mission Impossible!

    sheiladearing on 02 Nov 2010 at 02:14 PM
    For months I’ve watched Rosemoor’s new Learning Centre rise into being with all the associated and various machinery noises and vehicle comings and goings. Much has gone on behind closed gates and electric fences with access limited to the chosen few, each wearing all the safety gear with the trademark bright yellow overjacket. 

    With building work nearing its end I wondered if I would ever get the chance to get on site and join the elite ‘Yellowjackets!’ Then last week it happened, I got the call, picked up my yellow jacket, and waited by the gate. There was no ceremony, no salute from the site foreman and no patriotic anthem, which was a bit disappointing really, the gate was pulled open and along with my colleagues Phil, Helen and James, we trudged in. The mission was a daunting one, ‘Take out an area of bracken and brambles, take no prisoners, and eradicate all opposition!”

     The 'Yellowjackets' clearing bracken and brambles The area to be secured, or, in laymans terms, dug over and cleared was definitely high profile…in front of the new building and beneath the canopy of an old oak tree, itself the main focal point in Rosemoor’s formal garden.It was hard going but the weather held and within a couple of days the semi-circle of ground looked much better. We did our best not to disturb the patches of wood anemone, and popped back any bluebell bulbs we found. Over the next few months we will plant primroses, hellebores, snakeshead fritillaries, native daffodils and ferns, all of which will complement not just the native oak and nearby hedgebank but the Learning Centre too. A short mission, true, but a vital one…. and I will always be a “Yellowjacket!”. David Squire.

     

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  • All Change

    sheiladearing on 18 Oct 2010 at 11:02 AM

    With the drop in night temperatures and the onset of autumn it is time to change over the summer display of tender perennials to our hardy spring bedding.

     All the cuttings have been taken and successfully rooted from our collection of tender perennials so they can be removed and taken to the compost heap to make way for the wallflowers, Polyanthus and Myosotis that have been growing on the nursery since early July. Wallflower and Myosotis seeds were sown and small plugs of Polyanthus ‘Crescendo’ (yellow and blue) were purchased from a commercial grower.   

    The beds have been rotovated, raked, trod and fed before the plants were set out and planted (we use about 1300 plants to create our scheme). Along with these we also use coloured schemed cornus to give height;  Cornus alba 'Sibirica' AGM (red), Cornus sericea  'Flaviramea' (yellow), Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' (orange). We also interplant with a selection of bulbs; Tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinths. Read More...

  • Learning centre comes to life

    sheiladearing on 29 Sep 2010 at 11:09 AM

    As summer progressed, visitors to Rosemoor taking a moment to look up from the beds and borders increasingly asked ‘What’s that?’.  ‘Ah yes’, we replied, ‘that will be the new Peter Buckley Learning Centre’.  Over the past few months, detailed paper plans have been transformed into a striking curved wooden building, looking quite at home in the surrounding woodland. 


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  • Totally Tropical

    sheiladearing on 24 Aug 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Brazil, Mexico, Chile? No…you are in North Devon! The tropical bedding is thriving this year thanks to a warm sunny start to the summer, followed by the usual rainy July. The bitter winter is long forgotten, and seems to have helped control our usual Capsid bug onslaught, which can turn the large lush leaves to lace.

    When it comes to the tropical bedding nothing is left to chance. Every year, every plant is either, lifted, potted and kept in the glasshouse at 5 Celcius over winter, or re-propagated by seed or cuttings. In mid-May, within a matter of hours, two bare strips are filled with (mainly) South American beauties.

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  • Rumble In The Jungle…

    sheiladearing on 24 Aug 2010 at 10:46 AM

     

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  • FLUTTER-BY’S

    sheiladearing on 17 Aug 2010 at 03:10 PM

    If you want to do one thing to bring wildlife into your garden, plant a Buddleja, commonly known as the Butterfly Bush. You won’t be disappointed! Today I’ve been admiring the ones planted in the borders at Rosemoor and at this time of year they are doing just what their name implies. They are covered with an array of brightly coloured butterflies all after the nectar that these shrubs obviously produce just to the right recipe. It’s great to see them as with the hard winter there seems to have been very few around in the garden earlier this year. I’ve seen Peacocks, Red Admirals, Dark Green Fritillaries and Tortoiseshells and lots and lots of Bumblebees.

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  • Heavy Metal…

    sheiladearing on 10 Aug 2010 at 10:20 AM

    This month at Rosemoor sees though the completion of the installation of metal edging around the stream field. Installing metal edging has been an ongoing project since the garden was built with only a few areas left to finish, such as the New Garden shrubberies.

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  • HERE WE GO AGAIN!

    sheiladearing on 22 Jul 2010 at 03:43 PM

    We have spent the last few months planting areas across the garden this year not only for seasonal display in the form of tender perennials and annuals but also to replace the vast amount of plants we lost in the garden this winter. At first the task seemed not only heartbreaking but unachievable, but with a dedicated band of gardeners and a nursery that has produced a range of plants suitable to use as replacements, I feel we have achieved our goal.  Not many visitors would realise how hard our garden was really hit last winter: - it had to be with night temperatures of minus 15°C.

    So our nursery now needs replenishing to ensure that we have plants available for planting next spring. We always, at this time of year, propagate any plants that are not hardy enough to get through the winter outside, for example cuphea, helichysum and heliotropium; borderline candidates who just might not make it e.g Penstemon, artemisia and fuchsia and those plants that after about three years in our clay soil start to become tired, for example sages, lavenders and santolinas

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  • Summer Roses

    sheiladearing on 20 Jul 2010 at 12:17 PM

    This is possibly the best that I have seen the roses here at Rosemoor, and it is difficult to exactly pin this down to any one reason, it could be the warm and dry summer or the change in some of our cultural practices.
     

    The Shrub Rose Garden has been a riot of colour since early June starting off with some of our most dependable roses such as the Gallica group probably best represented by Rosa ‘Tuscany Superb’, with its dark velvety blooms and its centre of golden stamens

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  • Its carnage out there!

    sheiladearing on 13 Apr 2010 at 10:59 AM


    A couple of weeks back I heard Chris, the Rosemoor Curator questioned on how our garden and its plants had faired over the winter.
    I butted in; only half joking…
    ‘Its carnage out there!’ I said.


    An off the cuff comment maybe, but close enough to the mark to curtail any laughter. Later, I was out in the garden digging out dead plants and lamenting our bad luck to a lady who stood close by…
    ‘We’ve had snow and ice for weeks’ I said, ‘and temperatures down to minus fifteen!’
    If I was seeking words of consolation I was out of luck…
    ‘I shouldn’t complain if I were you’, she muttered, up north we get winters like this practically every year!’ True enough I thought, but we don’t, and that’s why the impact on our garden has been so severe

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  • Hellebore Highlights

    sheiladearing on 31 Mar 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Hellebores are one of those plants that can inspire enthusiasm and intrigue after just a brief introduction. Key to their appeal is the tremendous variety between individual plants and a recent stroll through Rosemoor, taking a moment to peek under the nodding flowers, provided a perfect, colourful antidote to the wet weather.

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  • Care for Conifers

    sheiladearing on 17 Mar 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Having spent a not inconsiderable amount of money on two Abies magnifica plants, it was thought worthwhile to give them a sporting chance in the somewhat breezy South Arboretum.

    Unseen beneath the soil level the rootballs were secured with the Platypus system of cable anchoring

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  • Pruning Wisteria

    sheiladearing on 16 Mar 2010 at 03:24 PM


    If you want to get the best out of your wisteria and enjoy a fine display of its beautiful racemes of pea-like flowers in May and June, a two-stage pruning regime is recommended for established plants. The first stage should be carried out in July or August and involves tackling the mass of long, whippy lateral growths that have been produced by the plant in the current season. These growths should be pruned back to within 15cm, or five or six buds, of a main branch, thereby restricting the vigour of the plant whilst maintaining good leaf cover for the remainder of the summer.  The second stage of pruning should be carried out in the winter, in January or February.  All of the lateral growths pruned in the summer of the previous year should now be shortened to within two or three buds of their base, in order to produce the spurs that will bear flowers in the current season.

     

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  • A Cheerful Start to the Day!

    sheiladearing on 09 Mar 2010 at 10:16 AM

    7.45, Sunday morning - I had just started work at Rosemoor on my weekend duty.

    Suddenly, I heard laughing in the trees! What had been tickled? What was so funny I wondered?!

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  • Bubble Trouble

    sheiladearing on 02 Mar 2010 at 02:52 PM

    In one of our model gardens we have an interesting water feature, a bubbling rock!


    Unfortunately it hasn’t bubbled for some time. Somewhere under the ground the power supply to the rock has been broken and despite numerous attempts by the maintenance team we have not been able to reinstate the power. A trench will have to be dug through our fine turf and model gardens so we can install a new ducting and electrical cable

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  • Birds in the Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 16 Feb 2010 at 11:09 AM

    This half term week we are celebrating birds in the garden here at Rosemoor. With over 100 bird boxes and numerous bird feeders situated all over the garden there is no end of feathered friends to be seen.

     

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  • If you love Rosemoor, then why not stay a while?

    Rosemoor Garden on 08 Feb 2010 at 09:48 AM

    Is it possible that the trends for a so called ‘staycation’ has survived the wash out in 2009 and Britons in their hordes will be visiting Devon to appreciate some of the uniquely beautiful scenery on offer and maybe even sample some of the local delicacies, (to be honest that’s just cider!) ?

    Certainly Rosemoor House Apartments have been doing a roaring trade these last few weeks and with over 30 per cent of 2010 booked already, it seems like we could be in for a busy summer.

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  • There'snow stopping us!

    sheiladearing on 14 Jan 2010 at 11:08 AM

    With the temperature dropping to a bitter -15°C and the garden buried under a thick blanket of snow and ice, the garden team have been forced inside to catch up on various projects, sorting and un-cluttering.

    One of these jobs is the refurbishment of our lovely staff room suite. A small budget has been granted enabling a few minor changes to the layout. With the help of the maintenance team, the small partition wall has been removed. This has created more space enabling a third computer terminal to be installed within the ante-room. On a much sadder note, the rearrangement of the lockers mean that the student plant identification will be relocated to the unheated outside vinery ‘how unfortunate’!

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  • Snowy Rosemoor

    sheiladearing on 12 Jan 2010 at 03:38 PM

    Here are a few pictures of Rosemoor in the snow:


    The exotic garden looking more Antarctic. Who’s colder the tree fern or me

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  • The Rocket (part 2)

    sheiladearing on 30 Dec 2009 at 09:12 AM

    It’s around a month since we launched the rocket composter; we have been adding food waste and woodchip diligently over the last few weeks, and now 'hoorah' we have compost.

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  • Winter in the Hot Garden

    sheiladearing on 17 Dec 2009 at 03:17 PM

    Visitors may have been surprised to see three plucky gardeners working away here at Rosemoor last weekend, but from now on, you’ll be able to find a gardener seven days a week. If you have any questions, you can find out where we are working from the staff in the Visitors Centre. Thanks to everyone who came to say hello to us in the Hot Garden last weekend.

    This area has looked fantastic this year, with many of the plants continuing to look good right into December. The grasses, including Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’, Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’ and Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ look especially nice with the low winter sunlight behind them.

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  • Making the rain work for us

    sheiladearing on 17 Dec 2009 at 03:08 PM


    The above photo is of our ‘new’ vegetable tunnel which is now nearly two years old and is due for a clean along with all of our other tunnels. Cleaning is done at this time of year as it helps to maximise the amount of light available for the plants and so improves their growing conditions.

    As this tunnel is one of our biggest tunnels and it has been raining so much recently (though as I write this we are having a welcome sunny interlude!) I decided to get the rain to work for us as there would be no other way of getting the tunnel wet for washing, so we (- it is a job for two people) set to work getting all our waterproofs on

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  • New Pathway to the Lake

    sheiladearing on 07 Dec 2009 at 02:40 PM

    Over the past few weeks we have been undertaking an exciting new project down by the lake. The original pathways giving access to this area had become badly worn and the steps were proving difficult for many of our visitors, so it was time for a facelift. At the same time we wanted to make access to this area easier for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. We have taken this opportunity to re-route the path, taking a gentler gradient and in so doing we have been able to lose the requirement for steps.
     
    Pete, Trevor and Johnny B. have been busy removing the old path and installing the new one, along with metal edging and drainage; soon it will be ready for tarmac.
     Pete and Trevor digging out the old pathway

    To save on materials, as the new path was dug out the soil put to one side, then the stone was taken from the old path to be re-used in the new path. The old path has become a border and has been filled in with the saved soil, so nothing has had to be removed from the site

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  • Deck the Halls with......Decorations from the garden

    sheiladearing on 07 Dec 2009 at 02:06 PM

    It has now become a tradition that we make a garland for decorating the visitor centre doorway into the garden using natural materials cut from the garden.

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  • Hares at Rosemoor

    sheiladearing on 04 Dec 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Brown hares have been living at Rosemoor for several years and they have making some unusual daytime appearances in different locations around the garden over the past few weeks.

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  • Pruning the ramblers

    Rosemoor Garden on 02 Dec 2009 at 10:04 AM

    We have started the pruning of our roses here at Rosemoor and the first group to get our attention are the rambling roses. We grow late flowering Clematis with most of our ramblers to extend the season of interest, generally ramblers do not have a second flush of blooms, so the Clematis carry  the display after the roses have done their bit.

    The first step is to remove the old stems of the Clematis by cutting them away from the rose stems

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  • Wrapping up for Winter

    Rosemoor Garden on 30 Nov 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Looking like giant clumps of rhubarb that wouldn’t be out of place on the set of ‘Jurassic Park’, the Gunnera manicata growing along the stream and around the lake at Rosemoor provide a great spectacle from spring until autumn and provoke a lot of questions from visitors.  The huge leaves of Gunnera manicata can grow to two metres, or more, across and the prickly leaf stalks sometimes grow to two and a half metres long.

     

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  • Carving a niche

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Nov 2009 at 01:29 PM

    Rosemoor’s first large scale garden sculpture exhibition opens on the 27th November and will run through to the end of February – we hope you’ll come along and enjoy it!

     

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  • Roses in the autumn

    sheiladearing on 12 Nov 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Roses in the Autumn

    The Roses here at Rosemoor have mostly finished blooming now with some exceptions; in the Cottage garden some are putting up a bit of a late show and, although the number of blooms on display is a mere smattering compared to the exuberance of their Summer offering, these flowers are a welcome sight and lift the spirits on an overcast and rainy day. I’m pleased tosee that Rosa ‘Stanwell Perpetual’ is living up to its name and still producing its pink sweetly scented blooms, just right for a small vase for the dining table

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  • Fruits of our labour

    sheiladearing on 11 Nov 2009 at 02:27 PM

    The apple harvest here at Rosemoor is safely gathered in now. Pictured here is one of the last trees to be picked in the orchard, which is a cooker called Edward VII.

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  • The Rocket has landed

    sheiladearing on 05 Nov 2009 at 09:12 AM

    Exciting times are here at Rosemoor as we have just taken delivery of a new composting machine.

    This machine, called 'The Rocket', accelerates the composting process, taking just 2 weeks instead of months. The machine uses frequent turning and heat to speed up the process

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  • Rosemoor explodes with Autumn colour

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Oct 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Autumn is a very exciting time at Rosemoor as the garden explodes into colour!

     

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  • Spring Bedding

    sheiladearing on 20 Oct 2009 at 09:20 AM

    As the summer comes to an end and the garden takes on its autumnal tints, we begin to change over our seasonal bedding. We reluctantly removed the tender perennials that have provided a colourful display since they were planted in May. Cuttings have been taken of all of these plants, which will be over-wintered on the nursery for planting next year. The first frost came last week which would have killed these plants had we not removed them first.

    The recent dry weather has provided us with the ideal opportunity to get on with the spring bedding which will root out while the soil is still warm. We have planted wallflowers, forget-me-nots, polyanthus and a range of spring bulbs – tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinths

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  • Happy 200th Birthday to the Bramley Apple!

    Rosemoor Garden on 13 Oct 2009 at 12:10 PM

    As part of Rosemoors’ Apple Day celebrations we were honoured to have been donated a ‘limited edition’ Bramley Apple tree that had been grafted from the original that is still going strong 200 years on in Nottinghamshire. The graft (one of 200) was donated to Rosemoor by the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers whose Master, Alan French, came to Rosemoor to plant the tree in our orchard just outside our Fruit and Veg Garden.

     

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  • Planting Garlic

    sheiladearing on 13 Oct 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Now’s the time to start planting garlic. [Fig 1a] Garlic can be planted anytime from autumn to early spring. Most cultivars are better planted before Christmas although some can be planted as late as March. What determines whether to plant early or later is whether they are hard-necks or soft-necks. The hard-necks need to be planted in the autumn – October is a good time. The reason why the hard-necks need to be planted early is that they require a period of cold (6-8 weeks below 10°C) to form cloves properly. Otherwise the bulb will not split to form individual cloves – it just gets bigger.

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  • Google Street View Trike pays a visit to Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Sep 2009 at 01:37 PM

    Super fit Google Maps tryclist Rhys, and his Google Street View trike, visited Rosemoor this Thursday and Friday, to take photographs of the entire garden which will show up on Google Street View searches in the future. The initiative will put Rosemoor right on the virtual map, tempting people at home and abroad to explore the garden in an exciting new way.

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  • A Taste of Autumn

    Rosemoor Garden on 23 Sep 2009 at 11:10 AM

    It’s that time of year again! RHS Garden Rosemoor is getting ready for its ‘Taste of Autumn’ festival, which this year runs from 26 September – 26 October. The month will be dedicated to championing local produce, autumn flavours and growing your own veg through a series of special Garden events.

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  • Mice Create a Stir in the Hot Garden!

    Rosemoor Garden on 18 Sep 2009 at 11:37 AM

    It's not just the visitors at Rosemoor that are taking advantage of the warm weather this September: Some of our furry friends are making the most of it too!

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  • BLIGHT ON GLASSHOUSE TOMATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Sep 2009 at 01:37 PM

    For the last few years we have suffered from blight on our glasshouse tomatoes. Prior to that it was very unusual to get blight in the house. It appeared this year on the 6th August. There are supposed to be more aggressive strains of blight around now and this could be the cause of our problem.

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  • BAD YEAR FOR WASPS

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Sep 2009 at 11:26 AM

    For the last two or three years we have had very little trouble from wasps but this year we have been plagued by them especially on the fruit. 

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  • Around the World in 80 Instruments

    Rosemoor Garden on 03 Sep 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Australia week (17th – 23rd August), part of our Global Planthunter Adventures theme for the summer, was a great success with action packed events and activities happening everyday. The creepy crawly shows have had kids and parents on the edge of their seats and other novelties such as face painting and magic shows all added to the fun.

    My focus was on the Wednesday when, with the help of my brother Rich and friend Tristan, I hosted two open musical sessions throughout the day, where visitors to the garden were encouraged to join in. The event was supposed to be held in our new picnic area in ‘The Brash’, but due to rainy weather, it took place in the lecture hall. Both sessions were well attended, so ‘No Worries’ either way

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  • Estate boundary hedges.

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Aug 2009 at 04:03 PM

    We estate people don’t mess around when it comes to cutting the estate boundary hedges; we could use an electric hedge trimmer but the extension cable wouldn’t be long enough; we could use a 2 stroke trimmer but we would be there all year
    So instead we hire contractors to do the job.

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  • Meadow care

    Rosemoor Garden on 24 Aug 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Meadow care 1

    Here at Rosemoor we always try to garden with Wildlife in mind. To this end, the garden staff have gradually been extending the areas of grass given over to wild flower meadow. These areas are a haven for wildlife and have the added advantage of being beautiful informal swathes of colour and interest from spring through to late summer, much appreciated by our visitors

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  • SUMMER PRUNING OF APPLES AND PEARS

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Aug 2009 at 04:07 PM

    We have started summer pruning of our apples and pears which have been trained as cordons, fans and espaliers. These are called restricted forms as opposed to the normal orchard trees grown as a bush or half-standard, which are normally pruned in the winter.

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  • “And So Say All Of Us!” (Part 2)

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Aug 2009 at 01:03 PM

    Following on from my first blog “For They Are Jolly Good Vollies” I would like to introduce you to more of our volunteers within Lady Anne’s Garden.

    As I said before, whilst working in the garden, visitors often ask me how we manage to keep Rosemoor to such a high standard and so I tell them that we rely on the help of many volunteers throughout the whole garden all year round

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  • Summer maintenance in the Long Borders

    Rosemoor Garden on 03 Aug 2009 at 04:11 PM

    The Long Borders at Rosemoor have been looking very colourful over the past couple of months, with good displays from the shrub roses, lupins, delphiniums, day lilies and Siberian irises, to name but a few plants.  In order to maintain the momentum of interest in the borders so that they continue to look attractive until late summer/early autumn, we have recently been spending some time carrying out various maintenance tasks in the borders.

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  • Learning Plant Names

    Rosemoor Garden on 31 Jul 2009 at 03:19 PM


    Hello, my name is James and I volunteer at Rosemoor every Friday and I help my best friend, Penny. Also, I help other gardeners and work with the Maintenance Team. One of my favourite things is learning plant names.

    Every week I take a photo of a plant and learn the name. Then I add it to my portfolio. I look at my gardening books at the weekends to find out information and look at pictures

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  • LEEKS FOLLOW POTATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Jul 2009 at 01:32 PM

    Leeks are always a reliable, normally trouble-free crop

     

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  • LIME-INDUCED CHLOROSIS ON RASPBERRIES

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Jul 2009 at 12:53 PM

    I have noticed over the last few years a “yellowing” of the leaves on the raspberries and on the affected plants a general unhealthy look.

     

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  • BLIGHT ON NEW POTATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Jul 2009 at 04:02 PM

    The first potato blight of the season has arrived at Rosemoor (6th July).

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  • LOSING THE CHERRIES

    Rosemoor Garden on 01 Jul 2009 at 10:18 AM

    We grow a number of sweet and acid cherries at Rosemoor.  Every year we have a fantastic show of blossom on the sweet cherry ‘Sunburst’, which is a fan trained tree on the wall in the veg garden, but every year just as the young cherries are forming they all fall off – very frustrating.

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  • "For they are Jolly Good Vollies" ( Part 1)

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 Jun 2009 at 10:38 AM

    On many occasions whilst working in the garden, many visitors have stopped me to pay compliment to all the gardeners of Rosemoor on how lovely the garden looks. I am always keen to tell them that we have a lot of help from our volunteers who come in on a regular basis and some choose to help out every month of the year. So, I thought I would give you an insight into who Lady Anne’s Garden volunteers actually are! These are just some of our friends of the garden...

      Lind

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  • RUST ON THE GARLIC

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Jun 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Earlier this month I noticed rust appearing on the garlic crop and the chives in the border nearby. No sign of damage on the onions. 

     

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  • GOOSEBERRY SAWFLY ON THE JOSTABERRY

    Rosemoor Garden on 23 Jun 2009 at 11:26 AM

    For the first time last year (2008) we had a bad attack of Gooseberry Sawfly on the Jostaberry. The plant is about 14 years old and this was the first time I noticed any sawfly damage.

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  • Bloomin’ Lovely Scents of Summer!

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Jun 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Rosemoor’s two Rose Gardens are looking (and smelling) absolutely fantastic at the moment, even if I do say so myself! In fact, many of us can’t actually recall a time when the roses and associated planting have looked so good. The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden is the more formal of the two, but in my opinion, it’s the Shrub Rose Garden that really steals the show this summer.

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  • Bender in the Woods

    Rosemoor Garden on 11 Jun 2009 at 04:13 PM

    It’s just our newly constructed play den; just one of the many attractions in our new picnic/play area ‘The Brash’.

    In case you are still wondering a bender is a construction built using wood and reclaimed material from the surrounding land. Its design is very eco friendly and is used all over the world, as shelter and housing for alternative living

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  • Rosemoor goes to the Royal Cornwall Show!

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Jun 2009 at 09:23 AM

    Rosemoor last exhibited a show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 - ‘A Taste of Rosemoor’ - so when we were asked to attend the Royal Cornwall Show this year, we decided to take a little piece of Rosemoor out of the garden once more, to show the public what we have to offer here! Although Rosemoor is in Devon, it’s only 25 miles from the Cornish border and 50 miles from Wadebridge where the show is held, so it was an ideal opportunity to market the garden and target a new audience.

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  • The Garden Writer

    Rosemoor Garden on 04 Jun 2009 at 11:30 AM

    One of the Key Stage 2 topics we offer at Rosemoor is 'The Garden Writer', which incorporates a range of activities all encouraging the students to be more observant and a little more adventurous with their vocabulary.

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  • A long lost Rhododendron found in Lady Anne’s Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 03 Jun 2009 at 02:25 PM

    Lady Anne’s Garden was already very well developed and mature when it was gifted to the RHS in 1988. Even now there are still areas within this original part of Rosemoor that need redevelopment; and in doing so plants sometimes come to light that are not in the garden records.

    One such plant was found in Lady Anne’s Garden when I was tidying through an area of flowering rhododendrons, in the hope that some of them could be named or better still that Lady Anne’s original labels could be found for them among the overgrown vegetation. One plant label that was found was for Rhododendron ‘Thomasine’, though it was not close to the base of any of the plants in the area. As a good deal of the plants were in flower at the time most of the labels were easily sorted to their right place, but then I was left with one label for Rhododendron ‘Thomasine’ and one rhododendron with pink flowers. I knew from experience that one plant and one label did not necessarily equal a match but if it did that would keep things nice and simple.
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  • Bring on the Boys!

    Rosemoor Garden on 01 Jun 2009 at 04:22 PM

    This week we have been busy planting our summer bedding which will provide our visitors with a colourful display throughout the summer season.

    The plants we use are called tender perennials which live year after year in their native countries where they have milder winters such as South Africa and South America, but here are killed by our winter temperatures. We take cuttings every August and grow them on through the winter in a frost free poly tunnel and plant them out in may when all risk of frost has passed. We use argyranthemums, cannas, fuchsias, osteospermums, gazanias, salvias and pelargoniums to name but a few

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  • PLANTING GLASSHOUSE TOMATOES

    Rosemoor Garden on 29 May 2009 at 10:57 AM

    We planted glasshouse tomatoes during the first week of May.

     

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  • Keeping heathers trim and in shape

    Rosemoor Garden on 28 May 2009 at 04:02 PM

    The winter flowering heathers in the Winter Garden have provided a bright splash of colour over the past few months, but by the end of April the flowers were rapidly fading and we decided it was time to give them their annual trim.  Annual pruning of these heathers (Erica carnea, Erica x darleyensis and Erica erigena) helps to keep the plants compact and encourages flowering the following year.

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  • BANGERS & BRASH PARTY A GREAT SUCCESS DESPITE THE RAIN!

    Rosemoor Garden on 28 May 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Our fantastic family picnic and play area, ‘The Brash’, was officially opened on 27 May, with children pouring into the fabulous hideaway in the woods despite the heavy rain!

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  • Sew Amazing!

    Rosemoor Garden on 15 May 2009 at 04:22 PM

    It really is 'A Riot of Colour' in the Lecture Hall at Rosemoor this month! The West Country Embroiderers are sharing a fascinating and colourful exhibition from Saturday 16 - Saturday 31 May (11am - 4pm), showcasing work from Embroiderers throughout Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

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  • Cutting out the dead wood

    Rosemoor Garden on 11 May 2009 at 03:49 PM

    The removal of dead wood and crown lifting of the five large oaks on the site of Rosemoor’s new Learning centre started in February and went on through March, fitting in a day or two’s work here and there when time allowed. The dead wooding was done for health and safety reasons, bearing in mind the increased number of visitors to the area following the opening of the Learning centre, and the increased risk arising from having a building nearby, should any branches fall on it. Crown lifting would also allow easier vehicular access during the building phase.

    There were a lot of people involved in this operation at one time or another, working on the ground as well as Tom and Jonathan and the other climbers in the trees, but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of everyone together.  The trees, however, were real beauties and some of the views of the garden from their crowns were fantastic. Unfortunately, on the days I had my camera it was always cloudy, but I thought people might like to see the pictures anyway. Time allowing we will get back up the trees during the summer and might be lucky enough to get a sunny day for a couple of snaps of the garden in all its glory

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  • Our Woodland Show Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 05 May 2009 at 02:07 PM

    At the RHS National Rhododendron Show last week, my team and I created a miniature woodland garden highlighting the variety of plants which can be grown in this situation. We do not as such plan the content of the display, it is more down to everyone’s creativity and what plants are in their prime at the time, the only limiting factor is the dimensions of the site, approximately 4 metres (12 foot) x 2 metres (6 foot).

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  • ‘Inspiration from the Wildside’ at Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 21 Apr 2009 at 02:42 PM

    As part of a major new primetime series for Channel 4 featuring Matthew Wilson, RHS Garden Rosemoor has been approached by the renowned and respected gardening team of Ros and Keith Wiley (former Garden Manager of The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum, Devon) to help them to publicise their exciting new garden that they are creating, where natural landscapes are the inspiration for both planting and painting.

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  • A BOWL OF MIXED SALAD LEAVES

    Rosemoor Garden on 20 Apr 2009 at 04:42 PM

    I particularly like those bags of mixed salad leaves that you can get in the supermarkets. They often contain rocket and are tastier than the ordinary lettuce leaves but are rather expensive. So as an experiment we though that we would try to create a similar mix but with extra flavours.

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  • Easter Trails and Poems!

    Rosemoor Garden on 16 Apr 2009 at 03:37 PM

    Over the Easter weekend, Rosemoor created a special poetic children’s trail. There were twelve poems all describing a specific place in the formal garden for the children to find, using a map. Once there they found an upturned terracotta pot and a bamboo cane sticking out of it holding a laminated question. The answers were written on their trail sheet and a letter from each answer written in a numbered box to create the words Easter Bonnet. When they had completed the trail, their prize of a chocolate daffodil was collected from the ticket office.

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  • ‘NO HEDGE TOO HIGH’ STARRING ‘JOHN MITCHELL’

    Rosemoor Garden on 15 Apr 2009 at 02:07 PM

    As a new gardener with the RHS, I am experiencing new challenges all of the time and I thought I would share this one with you.

    This week I was allocated the task of pruning the Sorbus thibetica ‘John Mitchell’. No problem I thought; this couldn’t be further from the truth

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  • Green manures

    Rosemoor Garden on 14 Apr 2009 at 11:48 AM

    In the Fruit and Vegetable garden at Rosemoor we use a number of green manures in our many plots. Green manures have the ability to perform a range of useful gardening functions all at the same time. These include soil improvement in the form of adding organic matter and nutrients to the soil and also soil protection from the vagaries of the weather in the form of a cover crop.

    Green manures encompass a multitude of crops that can, if correctly selected, span the whole gardening season and are not, as some may think, restricted to the winter months alone. Most are grown for a specific period of time before being incorporated in the soil. Green manures have a number of advantages which we value at Rosemoor; many of these advantages are also of great benefit to the amateur gardener.

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  • Easter Chicks!

    Rosemoor Garden on 07 Apr 2009 at 11:56 AM

    At Rosemoor we have been incubating four types of chicken eggs for the last 21 days - and this morning, our first chick hatched - right on time!

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  • ROSEMOOR MEADOWS

    Rosemoor Garden on 27 Mar 2009 at 04:16 PM

    The dry settled weather has given us the ideal opportunity to plant out our wild flower plugs grown from seed sown on the nursery last year.

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  • Cleaning out the owl boxes

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Mar 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Here at Rosemoor we have a variety of boxes to encourage wildlife into the garden and surrounding woodland. These include boxes for dormice and owls. Whilst the dormouse boxes can only be touched by those licensed to do so, the owl boxes can be maintained by the staff here.

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  • Planting Onion Sets and Snow on the Fruit Cage

    Rosemoor Garden on 20 Mar 2009 at 03:20 PM

    Planting Onion Sets

    Now is the time to plant onion sets. The earlier you can get them into ground the bigger the crop

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  • Appledore Primary School visit Rosemoor for some Weaving and Dyeing

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Mar 2009 at 12:52 PM

    At Rosemoor, we have welcomed school visits since 1993, and now teach thousands of schoolchildren every year about the amazing world of plants. Last week, Appledore Primary School visited to learn about weaving and dyeing with plants.

    First of all they looked at the stem of a cotton plant, to see the fluffy white cotton bolls which hide the lumpy seeds inside. We looked at the fibres from flax, soya bean, nettle, hemp, bamboo, mulberry bark, coir, jute, seagrass and sisal. Some of them have been used for centuries, others are much more recent

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  • Young Bird Photographers!

    Rosemoor Garden on 12 Mar 2009 at 03:07 PM

    Over half term we launched a Children's Photographic Competition as part of our 'Birds in the Garden' half term week. We asked children to capture our feathered friends in the garden, at Rosemoor or when they were out and about.

    We received so many fantastic photographs, and we have really enjoyed looking at them here at Rosemoor. Judging the winners was a tough job

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  • Update on our 3m x 3m veg plot

    Rosemoor Garden on 06 Mar 2009 at 02:44 PM

    Our 3m x 3m veg. plot has come through surprisingly well from what was - for us - quite a hard winter, with long periods of sub zero temperatures (down to -11c at its coldest), and then several days under snow.

    The plot is presently occupied with a green manure crop (on one half) and a selection of oriental greens on the other. Both were sown last September and established well, and despite the fact that the greens have had no protection, they have provided a steady crop of leaves (to add to a mixed salad or lightly steam)

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  • Green ‘Waste Not Want Not’

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Feb 2009 at 02:45 PM

    Throughout the year all green waste material from the garden is collected in our bulk material storage area. This green waste includes waste plant material, grass clippings, wood chip, annual weed, branches up to 20mm diameter, root balls and small tree stumps.

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  • Bird Count!

    Rosemoor Garden on 26 Feb 2009 at 01:56 PM

    The results of Rosemoor's Half Term Bird Count are now in:

    Over the week, children (and adults) counted the number of Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Blue Tits and Robins that they spotted around the garden

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  • It’s Pumpkin Planting Time Again!

    Rosemoor Garden on 25 Feb 2009 at 03:12 PM

    Do you want to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic Pumpkin Competition at RHS Garden Rosemoor this October? Why not start as you mean to go on: apply for your free seed now, and get planting! 

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  • Beech Logs and Table Tops

    Rosemoor Garden on 24 Feb 2009 at 09:34 AM

    Towards the end of January Rod Knight, Phil and myself, together with a local farm contractor, ventured into Rosemoor’s lower woodland area to cut a number of sizable slabs of beech (Fagus sylvatica) from a fallen tree. These slabs are to become table tops for the new picnic area that is being created in the woodland fringes of the Formal Garden. Several natural features have already been installed, including stumps for seats and balance beams for children to play on, and the inclusion of some natural, rustic tables for use in the area will further compliment the project.
     
    The beech tree itself was blown down several years ago and by the looks of it was a monster of a tree! The base and root area of the trunk (which we were going to be cutting) was in some places around 1.75 metres in diameter, so when it was standing the tree must have been quite a sight. To help us cut this huge piece of timber, we enlisted the help of a local farmer with his telehandler (much like a very large forklift) to move and position it for cutting, and also to help with removal of the slabs once they were cut. With such a huge trunk the usual small 38cm chainsaw would have little if any hope of getting through, so this is where the fun began (for me anyway - it’s the small things in life that make me happy!).  Another arboriculture team lent us one of the largest saws available - a ‘Husqvarna 395xp with a 1.25 metre bar and chain (compared to the usual small 38cm bar it was a monster) and I couldn’t wait to get started. Even with this large cutting bar I would still have to cut from both sides, ensuring that the cuts met in the middle.

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  • Fun was had by all this half term at Rosemoor!

    Rosemoor Garden on 20 Feb 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Rosemoor’s ‘Birds in the Garden’ week this half-term has been a great success, with great fun being had by all throughout the week! There have been lots of birdie-themed activities to take part in, including Bird I-Spy, Bird Walks, Nest displays, a Children’s Photographic Competition and a Bird Count!

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  • Spring cleaning on the Nursery

    Rosemoor Garden on 19 Feb 2009 at 02:15 PM

    At this time of year we are thinking ahead to the coming season and getting ready for all the seed sowing, pricking out, potting on, as well as all the other exciting jobs that come up as the days get longer, promising sunshine and the summer to come.
     
    Here on the nursery there are a lot of plants that we have been growing on for a year.  These, as well as the thousands of tender plant cuttings that we took last summer, will be planted out in the garden with the arrival of the warmer spring weather. These plants need to make the most of the little light that they get in the darker months of the year as it is vital for the process of photosynthesis, to make the food they need to grow. Hence the spring cleaning!

    The polytunnels are cleaned using a length of loosely rolled shade netting. A rope is tied on either end to give us something to hold onto, and with the help of a ladder the netting is draped over one end of the tunnel.

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  • News from the Rosemoor Fruit and Veg Garden

    Rosemoor Garden on 16 Feb 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Sowing peas in gutters

    A good way to grow early peas is to sow them in gutters under glass.

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  • Birdie fun this February Half Term at Rosemoor

    Rosemoor Garden on 10 Feb 2009 at 03:10 PM

    If you fancy a spot of bird watching, then bring your family along to RHS Garden Rosemoor in Great Torrington, Devon this February Half Term (14 – 22 February) for a fascinating ‘Birds in the Garden’ week, and join in the fun of spotting and learning about our feathered friends!

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  • Snow and Snowdrops

    Rosemoor Garden on 09 Feb 2009 at 03:32 PM

    Appropriately, bearing in mind the weather we have had recently, the snowdrops at Rosemoor are putting on a fine display at the moment.  Despite being buried under the snow, they soon perked up once the thaw set in.  There are good drifts in the Winter Garden, under the trees in the Stream Field and near the Lake, and also in Lady Anne’s Garden.

    Most of our snowdrops are the variety Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ AGM.  It is one of the largest snowdrops, growing to a height of 25cm, and is also an early flowerer.  G. ‘Atkinsii’ is very vigorous and spreads into large clumps very quickly. 

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