Raspberry ripple ice cream
To brighten up your cold, snowy, windy Saturday here in Essex is a photo of a beautiful rose I took during the summer of 2012 while visiting the Beth Chatto Gardens here in Essex. Last summer seems so far away now while we contend with this everlasting wintry weather.
Beth Chatto Garden roses
I have really no idea what variety of rose this is but the colours are stunning and most unusual. It reminds me of raspberry ripple ice cream, wouldn’t you agree? I will definitely pay the gardens a few more visits this year with my camera as well as finding out the name of this delicious rose. The gardens are very much a photographer’s paradise with all the wonderful displays of plants just growing around in the gardens surrounding the lakes. Whatever time of year you go there is always something that catches your eye in this ever changing garden landscape. I took this shot with my Panasonic FZ-50, quite an old camera by today’s standards, but this year it will be with my new addition, a Canon 650D.
I am still getting used to this new camera and a visit to the gardens will be a good place to get some practice in a very pleasant environment as well as maybe picking up some new plants for my garden.
Beth Chatto Gardens
The gardens are a real source of inspiration for anyone searching for plants for their garden. Garden centres have their place if you know exactly which plant you want to buy. If you are looking for a plant for a particular soil type or weather conditions it’s not so easy to decide which would grow best in your garden. At Beth Chatto the gardens are laid out according to a variety of conditions. While we appear to have had gallons of rain pour down on us these past few months the summers here by the sea have been warmish and dry, with lots of wind that tends to dry out the soil very quickly.
Walking around the gardens it’s possible to see which plants would be most suited, their size, colour, the smell and the kind of insects they attract. So much better than just leafing through a book.
If nothing else, visiting the gardens is a nice day out, you can spend as long as you like, visit the tea rooms and browse through the plants that are on sale in the nursery. Something for everyone!