In the garden this week

Plants not to miss this week in the gardens. The recent sunshine means the garden is definitely more advance than usual this year. Our Rhododendron Loderi collection are still in full bloom, with lots of new buds opening up daily to showing massive heads of pink, cream and yellow scented flowers along Loderi Walk, just behind Magnolia Glade. The bluebells are well into flowering now creating carpets of blue throughout the gardens, so catch them while you can. Our collection of Azaleas are beginning to flower in the Azalea Garden. Also look out for the bright orange and yellow flowers of the Knap Hill Azaleas dotted through the garden, along with the strongly scented yellow flowers of Rhodod

The Teahouse

Our teahouse not only sells delicious homemade cakes, but also serves a lovely selection of freshly made sandwiches, soup and other snacks. Our drinks can be served in takeaway cups if you would like to find a nice spot in the gardens to enjoy. Children are catered for too with some crayons and paper to keep them entertained. In warmer weather there is a lovely outdoor seating area where you can enjoy views over to the garden.

Don't miss our carpet of bluebells

Our carpet of bluebells are reaching their peak bloom. We recommend visiting this week to see them at their best. With the warm sunny weather they are out a little earlier, and with little rain forecast this is likely to be their best week. Also don't miss our Rhododendron Loderi collection which are in full bloom, showing massive heads of flowers pumping out a deep scent that fills the air along Loder Walk. This can be found behind Magnolia Glade, just follow your nose!

In the garden this week...

There is so much colour to see in the garden this week. One of the monarchs of the garden Rhododendron 'King George' with its massive pink and white scented blooms is looking magnificient. Rhododendron 'Aztec', and Rhododendron Augustinii with masses of brilliant purple-blue flower are also in bloom. The deep red flowers of Rhododendron 'Taurus' on the drive along with our native cowslip Primula veris showing beautiful nodding yellow flowers can also be seen. With the good weather the bluebells are out in the garden as well. Plan your visit today.

'Meet the Gardener' - Part Two

The second interview in our 'Meet the Gardener' series, is with our Head Gardener Stephen Blackman. Here he talks about life as a gardener and his highlights in the gardens. How long have you worked at Ramster Gardens? A long time! I think it's long over 20 years! What is your favourite part of the garden? My favourite part of the garden is the Bog garden although it has changed over the years and is still not finished I love the far end of the garden. What is your favourite time of year in the garden? Favourite time of the year in the garden is the Autumn. It is full of amazing colours as the trees and shrubs close down for winter. Which annual jobs do you dread coming round? Even though

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