The Rookery: One of London's Secrets (Part 2)

By NEILMUIR1
September 7, 2010

The wonders of this Garden never cease to amaze me. I hope you enjoyed your tour in Part 1. Now let us see what other delights we can find in this 3 acre wonder.

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Sep 6, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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Right down to the cat
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Sep 6, 2010 8:11 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Loved our tour as always, Neil!
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Sep 6, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (Zone 6b)
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Did the cat know that you were coming? Beautiful trees & shrubs. Rolling my eyes.
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Sep 6, 2010 11:21 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Milwaukee, Wisc
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Your tour was lovely and very enjoyable ....THANK YOU!!!!!!
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Sep 7, 2010 1:14 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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Dear Ladies. thank you for your comments.
It is a lovely place to visit at any time, just magical.
Regards.
Neil.
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Sep 7, 2010 3:22 AM CST
Name: Neil
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Dear Lucy, no the cat did not know I was coming! He did however try to purr me to death and was very friendly, so he must be used to people. He is not a feral cat as he is is immaculate and in good shape. I hope you like the seats everywhere, they would come in most handy to give Doris a homemade pork pie on whilst she looks over that beauty.
A wonderful place and now protected by law, so they cannot ever build on it, just Garden on it to the same standard. This pleases me immensely, for who could destroy that for concrete houses?
Well those who desire money would do just that! Not anymore they can't.
Lucy it is a secret hidden jewel, that is open to the public free of charge, and now it can remain so!
What more could anyone ask, and thank you all for taking the time to have a look at this little treasure of a place.
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
p.s. I am making Doris some pork pies!
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Sep 7, 2010 3:56 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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Thank you very much Neil!

Beautiful and gorgeous gardens but I believe your gardens are always made so much more beautiful when complemented by the stone work, pergolas, etc.

I think the cat is resident king or queen of The Rookery Smiling

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Sep 7, 2010 5:06 AM CST
Name: Neil
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Dear Vicki, I am glad you enjoyed the second bit of the Garden. It is a bit special and a wonderful treat to see. Maybe I can show everyone when it is at its best!
Thank you for your comments, I will see what else I can find.
Regards from a very wet England.
Neil.
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Sep 7, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Eileen
London
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Neil, Part 2 was lovely I loved the cat a real marmalade eh? The water running between the pathways reminds me of when we went to visit Knightshayes in Gloucestershire some years ago. I'm glad not too many people know about this place, that keeps it quiet. Eileen
I do hope you enjoy these as much as I have making them.
Eileen.
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Sep 7, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Name: Neil
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Dear Mum, it is a very special place. To see it in its spring glory is a must, especially as you like Iris reticulata, and in the summer the white Garden is full of different scents everywhere.
I think the trees are amazing as I love trees as you know, and the whole place has a special ambiance about it, it is like going to Beamish Museum and stepping back in time.
As there is not that much grass there, and the Garden is tiered the work has to be done by hand. Even down to Hedge laying, which I was taught at Sparsholt!
Nice to know it is protected, I could never see such a beautiful place like that destroyed. I wonder what my nieces would think of it? Connie seems to like it and they have never heard of it either, and they don't live that far away from it!
Love.
Neil.
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Sep 7, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
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Neil, this tour was fantastic! Loved all the colors, and different places to sit all nicely tucked into the plants! Very nice!
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Sep 7, 2010 8:30 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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Dear Linda, thank you once again for your most kind comments,
I did not put much text into the second part, as I believe this awesome place can speak for itself in pictures alone!
I do hope you had a good Labor day?
Regards.
Neil.
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Sep 7, 2010 11:55 AM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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I'm swooning again. Oh, what you do to me......
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Sep 7, 2010 12:51 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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Dear Nancy, I think it would be better to answer that question by c-mail. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Glad you liked whatever I did to you?
Hugs.
Neil.
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Sep 7, 2010 3:17 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
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Rolling on the floor laughing

Neil, we had a wonderful Labor day. Family came in, we went to the lake and got sunburned..
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Sep 7, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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Dear Linda, we do not have Labor day over here! I went out and got soaked by freezing cold rain, which was most unpleasant to say the least. Looked like a drowned rat, when I got home, even my boots were full of water!
Glad you had a good day though, sun what is that?
Regards.
Neil.
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Sep 7, 2010 8:01 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
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Freezing rain does not sound good at all! Sorry to hear you got soaked!
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