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.