Saurday started out beautifully sunny and the temperature was soon up to a balmy plus 12C so we decided to make the most of it as we knew that the garden here would still be far too wet to do any work, that was my excuse anyway! We knew that the garden at RHS Rosemoor was holding its annual sculpture exhibition and having enjoyed it so much last year, off we went with son and dil who were staying with us for the weekend. We were greeted at the entrance by this wonderfully lifelike ram.
I think his body is made from willow, but the head with his fantastic horns seems to be bronze.
A pair of resin dancing figures that look as though they could do with a good meal.
An abstract seed pod, I liked the way it was nestled in amongst the ophiopogon.
To follow the trail of sculptures we had to cross the winter garden which was looking very pretty with its dogwood and willow stems, contrasting with the euonymous. Lots of snowdrops between the shrubs, these are all G.Atkinsii.
More snowdrops and hellebore with Rubus thibetanus in the background.
This is how I hope my cornus and snowdrops in the front garden will look, each setting the other off perfectly.
Such fantastic white stems, definitely these have been washed, they were so clean, even on the northern side, no sign of algae or moss, Betula utilis Jaquemontii.
I had no idea that fairies came lifesize! She looks rather tired poor thing, no wonder she needs a rest!
I don’t think I will need to buy these impressions of cow parsley, the lanes here are full of it in the summer and I battle to keep it under control in the garden, however these are probably better behaved!
Two dancers swaying in the breeze, we all liked this one. Even though it was sunny, there was a strong wind blowing and they were swaying backwards and forwards all the time, creating lots of movement.
A stainless steel plant which could be added to the border if it had run out of interest at any time.
A pair of cranes bowing to each other in the breeze. The bodies and wings were on a rocker at the top of the legs and as the wind blew across the garden, it made them bow to each other, neat.
Last year, my favourite sculpture was done by the artist that made this blue lady. Again it was a lady, very similar to this one, but sitting on a bench, this year she is standing in one of the borders.
A gardener’s worst nightmare, meeting a snail this huge! Fantastic texture and detail but it would eat a whole hosta in one go!
By now we are nearly down to the lake and these snowdrops were at the start, or was it the end of the woodland walk?
The lake looking really beautiful with the reflections of the silver birch. Dare I say that I think it would look even better with some red stemmed cornus over the far side as well, so that there are even more reflections?
The stream coming down from the other half of the garden. The path on the right leads through a tunnel, which goes under the road to Gt. Torrington, to lots more gardens nearer to the original house. By this time my muscles were playing up again, so it was time to turn back and head for a coffee in their restaurant!
On the way back we found some very peculiar looking birds which looked as if they had been made out of copper.
This is where background is everything, they don’t show up well against the brown beech hedge, if only it had been in spring or summer when the leaves are such a lovely fresh green , it would have looked wonderful. The birds were supposedly flying up and down, turning the wheels, which then made the basket in the centre grow larger!
After a lovely hot coffee ( the wind was very cold) it was time for us to cross Devon once more, from the north coast to the south east. We just got home when the promised rain arrived adding yet more water to all the flooded fields round about.