Spring At RHS Rosemoor

Magnolia 'Spectrum'

Magnolia ‘Spectrum’

 

For the first time in (what feels like) ages the sun shone brightly yesterday morning. What better day for Torrington Tina and myself to take a walk around the Royal Horticultural Society’s Devon garden, Rosemoor. Spring is bursting out all over now. Magnolia ‘Spectrum’ was so intense we risked sodden feet, wading out across a still soggy lawn in search of a label. Even the children racing around the garden in pursuit of chocolate bunnies were not doing that. No, their parents were far more sensible.

 

Magnolia 'Susan'

 

Magnolia ‘Susan’

Seeing these floriferous trees makes me determined to try again with magnolias. I have just the one spring flowering specimen, M. ‘Leonard Messel’ which bears no blooms whatsoever this year, just a few half hearted leaf buds.

 

 

But what an impact they make within a woodland border

 

 

Looking up towards the woodland from Lady Anne’s garden. The pink punch lower centre comes from an azalea.

 

Uvularia grandiflora var. pallida

 

Uvularia grandiflora var. pallida in Lady Anne’s garden

 

 

Camassias and unfurling fern fronds alongside the stream

 

Stachyurus 'Rubriflorus'

 

Stachyurus ‘Rubriflorus’

Every year I say I must get one of these. Every year I promptly forget. Every following year I regret it.

 

 

Up in the Fruit and Veg garden blossom is breaking out too. Love the way these apple and pear trees have been trained into cordons. Picking surely couldn’t be easier, no need for a wall and they take up virtually no space.

 

 

That should do it..

 

Epimedium perralderianum

 

Epimedium perralderianum

Epimediums carpet large areas around the shadier parts of the garden, demonstrating their value as ground cover. Just as good for foliage as for their delicate blooms.

 

 

Epimediums in the woodland underpinning a particularly vibrant azalea

 

Fritillaria meleagris

 

Fritillaria meleagris

How do they do it. I’ve heard pheasants at Rosemoor, I know they’re here. If it were my garden there wouldn’t be a bloom left to be seen.

 

 

Gunnera unfurling on the far side of the lake

 

 

Trillium kurabayashii, ferns, hellebores and Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’

 

 

Trillium kurabayashii..

this time with hostas. What stunning combinations. And not a slug hole to be seen.

 

 

Just the beginning.. by this time next week it’ll all look different again.

Don’t you just love Spring?

 

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