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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
September 9, 2012

Cardinal Wolsey started Hampton Court Palace in 1514, but when he fell out of favour it fell into the hands of King Henry VIII. It has had many changes by successive monarchs, but no member of the Royal Family has lived there since the 18th century. It is now a Historic Royal Palace and receives no government funding for its upkeep at all. Aside from the flower show, the Palace's own gardens are superb and the Tudor garden is a must.

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Sep 9, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Another beautiful tour Neil! The variety of different garden styles is amazing. They seem to use sempervivum in quite a few of their gardens. Big Grin Wow! Thanks for taking us along to enjoy it once again.
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Sep 9, 2012 3:08 AM CST
Breath taking Neil. Thumbs up
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 3:23 AM CST
Thank you both for your comments. There was a lot of hard work in the three Articles i have done, but I think it was worth it in the end, as people who may have never seen Hampton Court Palace now at least know what it looks like.
The actual gardens on there own without the flower show are quite amazing, and has a massive maze and King Henry VIIIs own Tudor garden. Unfortunately I did not have the time to go round them as well, so I might have to do some separate Articles just on the Palace gardens.
Thank you again.
Regards from England.
Neil.
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vic
Sep 9, 2012 7:01 AM CST
I never seem to have adequate words to describe your articles Neil - they are just so stunning and so beautiful.

It's like being at Disney World only BETTER! Green Grin!

Where do they get the funding to maintain the palace? It looks perfect!

Your photo's are beyond belief beautiful and I'm so grateful you share them with us. Can't wait for Part 2 Hurray! Hurray!

Thank you! Lovey dubby
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Dear Vicki, King Henry VIII was rather rich to say the least and he used to spend £66,000 pounds per month on food at Hampton Court. That is just over £3 million in today's money. The kitchens are the same as in the 1500s and they have cookery demonstrations from the Tudor times which are fascinating. They get the money to keep this stunning place from visitors. Some come to see the Palace and others the majestic gardens. It used to have the biggest maze in the world, but someone built a bigger one. The vine is the oldest and biggest you will ever see, and i used to know the girl who was the Royal Vine Keeper.
He also had another method of saving money, instead of getting an expensive divorce he cut his wives heads off, and indeed anyone who annoyed him.
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p.s. Thank you for your comments, wish you were there with me.
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CherieCoogan
Sep 9, 2012 8:09 AM CST
I just visited in my mind through your wonderful photos Beautiful hardly seems like enough to be said. breathless comes to mind as well as awe inspiring. I just can't figure out which one is my favorite.

Thank you once again Neil for the wonderful tour. The English do gardens proud.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 8:20 AM CST
Dear Cherie, thank you and I do hope you visit Part 2 & 3! Which part 2 maybe on tonight. You would have loved the food, and of course the bars everywhere. Especially in a setting that is so beautiful. Yes there was even Guinness for Ed.
Nice river trips as well, or just a slow walk, what is heavenly to us. There are many other stunning places all over the UK, for there are gardens everywhere.
Tons of hugs.
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valleylynn
Sep 9, 2012 8:37 AM CST
I know which one was my favorite garden. It was the Coral Desert. It is amazing how they used the cacti in a way that gave the impression of different types of coral. It was fascinating.
I also really like the Discover Jordan garden.

I really don't get the stone floor one. How could that have won a metal?

I enjoyed the entire article Neil, it warrants going through more than once, to look at the photos again, to see what I missed the first time through.

I look forward to Part 2. Hurray!
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 8:55 AM CST
Dear Lynn, nobody got the stone floor one at all! I take a lot of pictures of different things as Sharon then links them to everyone's forums. like yours. Hopefully I try my best to keep everyone happy, but sometimes that is quire impossible.
It is a massive show and there is but one of me, and indeed I can only afford one day there. That day I took over 1100 pictures alone, and was rather tired by the time I got home which was after midnight.
However it is nice to share my trips and to let people who have never seen Hampton Court, see it.
I do hope you will join me in Part 2 & 3, maybe Part 2 will be on tonight. Part 3 is Semps. Hurray!
Regards from a now hot England.
Neil.
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Sep 9, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Have to say I really like The Dark Side garden great contrast of color. Looking forward to the rest of the article.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Dear Bob, I believe Part 2 is coming out tonight and Part 3 tomorrow! I will try my best to get some pictures for you, although there is a lot of Heuchera on the Articles.
Regards from a hot England.
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Sep 9, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Love the article and photo's Neil! Thanks for taking you time to walk the gardens and share with us!
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Sep 9, 2012 9:38 AM CST
Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to these articles! They are always wonderful, and I'm looking forward to part 2.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 10:11 AM CST
Dear Ladies, I do hope that you enjoy my other Articles when I go in the Floral marquee! You could land a plane in that thing as it is so big, and I want one that size! Rolling on the floor laughing
Thanks for your support!
Regards from England.
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Sep 9, 2012 11:34 AM CST
I wish I was there to see it in person too Neil Thumbs up
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Sep 9, 2012 12:32 PM CST


Thanks from me too, for taking us into a bit of your England. Loved the different gardens.

I liked the one called, I think the Swiss garden and the first garden. Since I have a very small place,

that one seemed good to me. Also liked the one with the blue wasters, which I think you said someone thought was a swimming pool.

I will go back through a time or two more to try to glimpse what others found of interest.

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 12:38 PM CST
Dear Marilyn, the Swiss garden was really nice and I liked that The Italian Job was not so good at all.
Thanks for visiting and tonight you may see Part 2.
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CDsSister
Sep 9, 2012 12:43 PM CST

Am looking forward to all the coming parts.

I went back and looked again and loved all the borders of the castle gardens too.

And the Poets garden was especially nice.

Know I will look at them several times more and see more and more to love

Thank you. I tip my hat to you.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 9, 2012 1:20 PM CST
Dear Marilyn, you could spend a lot of money at Hampton Court on plants and things as you will find out in Part 2 & 3. It is just so gorgeous but your bank account would not be! Rolling on the floor laughing
Although the bars were not that bad and the free beer helped as well.
Group hug Lovey dubby
Neil.
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stetchworth
Sep 9, 2012 4:42 PM CST
Wonderful photo's Neil. I really enjoyed seeing it all, love the borders around the castle, just beautiful, thank you for taking so much of your time showing this to us.

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