Thursday, 23 February 2012

Statuesque Rosemoor

My recent visit to Rosemoor in Devon was made all the more enjoyable by the excellent sculpture trail, running until 26th February. I'm not a sculpture lover but some of the pieces were stunning. There were over 100 exhibits by 20 artists. This is the third trail held at Rosemoor, and the next one opens on November 24th 2012.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Rosemoor in February

I've just returned from a lovely weekend in Devon, and I made sure I found time to visit Rosemoor, one of the four RHS gardens. Known for its winter garden, I was not disappointed. I've actually visited in February before, but this visit was enhanced by a fantastic sculpture trail, which I'll feature in my next post.

This 65 acre garden was first opened to the public in 1967, when it was just 8 acres. It was given to the RHS in 1988, together with additional land. Although not as large as Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor has its own special atmosphere, flowing beautifully from one area to the next.

There's plenty of winter strucure

Everything is so pristine at Rosemoor

Hellebores and snowdrops are looking good:

This little robin was taking in the views:

Thursday, 2 February 2012

I'm Still Here...

Sorry it's been a while since my last post. There are many reasons why I've been a bit remiss. One is that I haven't been gardening - too busy, too cold! Another is that I haven't been garden visiting, for the same reasons! The good news though is that from September I will be semi-retired, of sorts! At the grand old age of 40 I am cutting my teaching down from five days to two. The idea actually is for me to spend more time composing music, my number one passion slightly ahead of gardening. But it also means I'll be able to spend more time in the garden, and I just can't wait. I'll also be able to spend more time reading other blogs, which I just don't get time to do at the moment. And this is all thanks to my wonderful partner, Huw, who is happy to keep bringing in the dough while I pursue my dreams. What a lucky boy I am!