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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: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Sep 2, 2010 4:39 AM CST
Neil that is simply breathtaking. I love it. What I also really like is the walkways. I wish I had a couple of those in my landscaping....... one can only wish.........

It is really a beautiful article Neil. You do yourself proud.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 4:57 AM CST
Dear Cherie, thank you for your comments. It looks fantastic in the spring and summer, unfortunately it got a bit battered by the rain and winds. Plus it is late in the season. Wait till you see Part 2 with the water Garden and other nice bits! You think them pathways are nice, you haven't seen anything yet!
I thought it might be a bit too formal for people, although it is worth having a look just for those stunning trees.
No good trying to move a blue Cedar that size!
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Sep 2, 2010 8:57 AM CST
I really like it a lot. And here I thought your next article was going to take me through some pub...... that is what I get for thinking.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Dear Cherie, there are no pubs near it at all. Just this amazing secret Garden. You must have pubs on your mind, as the next article is on the same place but the bits you have not seen!
It took a lot of walking carrying the camera stuff and towing the wife!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Sep 2, 2010 10:10 AM CST
Yes and how is our Sarah doing?

I know I guess my mind is on Pubs right now. Anywhere, where I don't have to be the one cooking. I'm lazy today.............

Can't wait for the next article.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 10:41 AM CST
Dear Cherie, I hope you like the next Article! I do try my best, even when I am towing Sarah! The way the paving (I think you call it that), is done is so clever it changed my mind forever.
You will see, but because you are a friend and help me out I will show you a glimpse! The water runs through the channels in the pathways for the water Garden. They did this so long ago it is unique!
Have a look and see what I mean. Then it feeds the streams and the ponds, amazing, no pump on this either!
Massive hugs.
Neil.
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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Sep 2, 2010 1:05 PM CST
/that's amazing!!!! So the water comes from just the rain? or is it a man-made lake or pond? Hurry with the article so I can see what you are trying to show me.

Amazing.
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 2, 2010 1:12 PM CST
Dear Cherie, not just the rain but gravity from something else!
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Sep 2, 2010 3:24 PM CST
Oh a tiny waterfall! Tiny but I guess effective huh?
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 3, 2010 12:58 AM CST
Dear Cherie, when everyone is asleep that water still flows and fills the ponds and streams up! So they overflow into the next one and so on, the Victorians were clever and worked out you do not need a massive waterfall to keep the plants wet when the water is going down steep hills all the time. If it rains too much the channels in the pathways overflow into the soil and keep the other plants well watered. Amazing when this was built!
It also looks beautiful as well! What a thing to see when it works properly, which it wasn't the other day! They will fix it as it probably just needs cleaning!
I find it lovely as the water tumbles down underneath your feet as you walk up the pathways!
Hugs.
Neil.
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Sep 3, 2010 4:30 AM CST
THAT I would love to see.
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Petalpants
Sep 6, 2010 7:43 AM CST
I like that idea, although I don't quite understand it...Gravity from underground streams? I guess you can Hear the water under your feet?! They were smart people to figure out how to do all that, and not have to use pumps... incredible!
Connie
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 6, 2010 12:59 PM CST
Dear Connie, if you run a bath and pull the plug out the water goes downwards! So if the water is at the top in the beginning it will go downhill, Easy yes?
Hugs.
Neil.

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