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The Rookery: One of London's Secrets (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
September 2, 2010

A house called the Rookery was here on this site with a spa, but when the spa declined in popularity the Rookery's formal gardens and spa were bought and turned into a public garden. It was the local people, who bought the land for £3,000, that saved this astonishing place. A three-acre garden was built, including a water garden, formal gardens, a stunning white garden, herbaceous borders, an English garden, fantastic trees, ponds, and much more. Let me take you on a walk around this tiered and secret garden.

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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Sep 2, 2010 6:20 AM CST
It always amazes me how may people can walk in, or by, such a lovely place and never really see it, if you ask them what is in there you are likely to hear "oh trees and stuff" and England has an abundance of such places.
Thank you Neil for giving us the opportunity to see them also.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 6:32 AM CST
Dear Doris, anything for you! It is a beautiful place and in some ways I am glad that people do not abuse it! Apart from the locals with their children, it is mostly Gardeners and Artists who love to see it. It was not really the right time of year to see it at its best, but it is still wonderful. Wait till you see Part 2, all I can do Doris is keep trying my best!
Fancy eating a Homemade Pork Pie whilst sat on the seats overlooking that beauty?
My most Kindest Regards.
Neil.
p.s. A Teaser for Part 2 if you excuse the pun.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Sep 2, 2010 6:51 AM CST
Outstanding. But boy are my legs tired. What a work out so early in the am.

Thanks, Neil,

Hugs
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 6:59 AM CST
Dear Nancy, what do you think my legs felt like carrying all that camera gear and towing the wife? Glad you liked it and wait till the water Gardens, lots of Gunnera and things in Part 2!
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Sep 2, 2010 5:42 PM CST
Neil, just beautiful!! Just remember how many of us you are making happy as you tow the wife and equipment! That pork pie sounds awfully good! Enough with the teaseling! I want part 2! Big Grin
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 11:05 PM CST
Dear Kathy, it is not the camera and my rucksack that is the problem it is the wife! You just get in picture and plant mode and she wants something to eat and a coffee in the cafe outside the Gardens, then the toilets and a stop for an Ice Cream! I am ex-Army and carry everything I need, no messing about then, or stood whistling outside the cafe waiting.
It is my fault though as I normally do things on my own, but she wanted to see this wonderful place I often talk about!
Glad you enjoyed it, it is stunning in the spring and mid summer.
Strangely enough I was thinking about you! There is a now Nature Reserve where they dumped all the soil from the Channel Tunnel, which is the the Tunnel between England and France. For some reason the Scientists cannot understand is why about 38 of our 50 species of wild Orchids have come up there and grow all over the place. I have seen all 50 species but not 38 in one place! Now that would be worth a visit, but as I normally walk everywhere, it is too far so that means taking the wife.
Thanks for your comments.
Regards.
Neil.
p.s. Busy last night making iced buns. A Bakers dozen (13)
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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Sep 3, 2010 4:29 AM CST
Yum!
Very funny about the wife. Her idea of a visit is all pleasure!

As for the orchid, that is truly amazing! I hope someday you will get some pics and share with us orchid obsessed. 38 species!! I have a terrestrial about to bloom right now-Spranthes v odorata. Can't wait! BTW, the one time I was in London we took the Chunnel when we came from Paris.
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Sep 3, 2010 5:55 AM CST
Oh Neil, The last garden picture looked like heaven to me. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

(I wouldn't mind a little snack of those buns either.)

Hugs, Nancy

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Sep 3, 2010 6:38 AM CST
I would enjoy those Buns better without the icing Whistling
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 3, 2010 6:40 AM CST
Dear Nancy, the ball & chain ate the spare one I am afraid! This is typical of the cake and bun stealing Ghost we have here, it moves in the night and eats things I have made.
Part 2 will be out shortly, enjoying a beer in the sunshine, before I go to see if my parents are OK!
Super Hugs!
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 3, 2010 6:42 AM CST
Dear Doris, so would I. But they are for a pregnant friend who has a craving, so one cannot say no, can one.
My Most Kindest Regards.
Neil.

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