Rhodies and mud at Ramster

After we left Vann Garden on Sunday, desperate for a cup of tea, we headed to nearby Ramster Gardens.   Ramster is a Woodland Garden designed in  1890 with  rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias.  Reading about Ramster later I found that it was one of the original gardens open for the National Garden Scheme, but has been open to the public for over 80 years.   It is particularly stunning at this time of the year when all the rhodies, camellias and azaleas are in full bloom.

Any one who reads my garden visits, will know how I like to mention the tea rooms, this visit is no different.  We arrived about 4:15pm and noted that the garden closed at 5:00pm but a drink was the order of the day.   The lovely lady in the tea room told us not to worry, they wouldn’t throw us out and we could wander around at our leisure.   So, after a cup of tea and the most delicious, moist, slice of lemon and blueberry cake we made our way to the garden, having been warned first about the muddy pathways.

There are over 20 acres of woodland and at this time of the year woodlands equal bluebells.  Ramster was carpeted with them.

The Magnolias were mostly over but the variety of colours from the Rhododenrons and Azaleas were awesome, from orange…

… and blue/lilacs…

…. to pink, to mention just a few.

The striking shades of blue with the carpet of bluebells running up to the azalea just had to be captured on camera.

As we followed the Woodland Walk,  steadily making our way down the hill being careful not to slip, we came to The Bog Garden which is very aptly named at the moment and the Gunnera is beginning to burst into leaf.

Ramster, being on a hillside, wouldn’t be complete without a lake.   It was obvious from this lake as to how muddy it all is at the moment.

More bluebells….

It was beginning to get dark and definitely chilly by now so we made our way back to the car park, walking up the hillside through the Acer Walk.

Ramster is open every day between 10:00 and 17:00 from 1 April to 17 June 2012 and, of course, the tea room (called the Tea House) is open when the garden is open.

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7 thoughts on “Rhodies and mud at Ramster

  1. I’m a rhodie fan and these colours are lovely. I’m so glad you mention the tea rooms. Being a Brit in a foreign land my insistence on a cup of tea on these type of outings is not always understood. Finding cake to go along with the tea is rare. I’m desperate for a recipe for Victoria Sandwich which will work on the high altitude prairies. Once successful I plan to take it to the tea rooms and suggest they put it on the menu. I think I’ve adapted to Canada well, but there are some things an English “girl” just shouldn’t have to give up.

    • When my aunt moved to Colorado she had the same problem with baking cakes. I hope you find the ideal Victoria Sandwich recipe and bring a little bit of England to your tea rooms. Thank you for being a regular reader and I hope I continue to publish posts of interest for you as a reminder of home.

  2. Wow…thats a really lovely garden!! I can only imagine how delighted you must be to shoot such beautiful flowers :-)

  3. Lovely post! This reminds me that it is time for a visit to the Washington Park Arboretum’s Azalea Way, here in Seattle. The rhodies and azaleas should be at their peak about now. Also, it is fun to see all the bluebells in your photos – they are in bloom all over Seattle right now, too.

  4. Hi Ronnie,

    Beautiful photos, it’s such a shame the weather didn’t quite cooperate! However at least it meant it was nice and quiet for you :D

    No fan of rhodies/azaleas and rather surprisingly I find the orange/red one the most stunning!!! What’s wrong with me???!! I always go for the purples/pinks :P heehee.

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