Tuesday, 14 April 2009

RHS (Real Happy Sal) Rosemoor ! And a giveaway!!

Yesterday, Mr and Mrs Snippets got dressed up, in their best clobber, and set off together... on a 'magical mystery tour'!

He said to her...'

...I am going to give you a surprise today!' (Tee hee) ;-)

To which she replied...

'Gourdness Gracious! ;-)

I am a huge...

...of surprises '


And off they set!

To another part of Devon

(which was not Exeter or Totnes ...LOL!!)

RHS Rosemoor!!


We had the most wonderful afternoon.

It's a gem of a place and so beautiful at this time of year....

...with plenty of places to rest awhile and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

Stunning blossom!

Fabulous blooms !

Thank you so much Mr Snippets ....

Ooops wrong pic...here we are..

You truly came up trumps with this visit!

Thank you so much! ;-)

My 'very small' spend was...

And a Honeysuckle..Hall's prolific!!
Let's hope it is!


If you'd like to join us on our visit... here's the link to my photos.


Just click on 'slideshow' near the top right .

For my giveaway...leave a comment on this post saying which is your favourite garden flower.
Easy as that!!

Hope you all had a really lovely weekend !


Tea with Willow said...

What a lovely day out! Your photo-clues at the start really made me giggle! ... and as for that pic of Mr Snippets with his carroty nose ... well!

As for my favourite garden flower? It's so hard to choose just one ... poppies are pretty special, just for the colour and texture of those beautiful petals - but, my all time favourite would have to be the climbing rose 'Albertine', simply because it's fragrance brings back childhood memories of being on my swing, right next to a fence covered in pale pink blooms!!

Willow xx

silverpebble said...

What a gorgeous place - beautiful gardens and a marvellous haul you have there Sal!

My favourite garden flower? It has to be a snake's head fritillary. It has checks! Any flower that pretends to be gingham gets my vote.


Simone said...

I loved seeing you both in your flowerpot guise!!! My favourite things change all the time but I think my current favourite garden flower would have to be cream coloured stocks. I love the fragrance and the showy stem of petals.

Floss said...

Lovely photos, Sal. Fun and beutiful! We went to Rosemoor on a wet summer's day once, but I bet it was fantastic in the spring. Our last English home was in Harrogate, and we had a family pass for RHS Harlow Carr. It was wonderful to see it change over the seasons.

Rosie said...

Great photos, Sal - what a wonderful place to visit it looks lovely - a thoughtful treat and lots of super plants for your garden:)

Menopausal musing said...

You lucky, lucky lady!!!!! I'm with Simone in as much as I tend to have a favourite dependent on what is in flower at the time. At the moment its tulips, and just turning colour are my almost black ones..... stunning! x

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a lovely day out! The plants look fabulous too. Since we had the ugly old conifers removed from our front garden I want to create a cottage garden there so I could just do with those plants!

I have lots of favourite plants but I suppose the ones that I like to see the most are roses.

Jo said...

This is the first time I've discovered your blog....I'll definitely be back! Thank you for sharing.

Oh gosh, though, my favourite flower....that's a tricky one! I love lavender, lilac, hyacinths and tulips, but I think all time favourite has to be sweet peas!

Doolallysally said...

I laughed when I read the start of this post, great fun! Rosemoor now we went there a couple of years ago on holiday, lovely place!
Your hubbie was clever to take you there as a surprise trip. A+
Now fav flowers, that's a toughie, I love delphiniums, passionflower, wisteria, tulips of course, and paper white narcissi, oh just one, you're joking surely! Ok then, it's got to be peonies! By the way did you see my post about the chair restoration and the fabric you sent me? Love Salx

Debbie said...

Good old Mr Snippets - a man with an imagination - where did you find him ..... looked like a lovely day out Sal. My favourite flower has to be the Sweet Pea .. all those wonderful colours and a luscious scent.

Bobbie Lynn said...

What a great guy. Wonderful photos Sal.

galant said...

Every flower has its own beauty and how can one choose between an elegant iris and a stately tulip? But I think, most of all, I love a pink paeony which, whilst not lasting long, is a delight when in bloom and has the most delicious, fragrant scent.
Margaret Powling

Daucus C Arota said...

I am so glad that you enjoyed the surprise and your day out
I expect Mr Snippets is like me and that he has a "nose" for these things lol!

As to my favourite flower, well that has to be a Sal via
They are my one weakness.

galant said...

Ooh, very droll, Daucus ... penstemmons are my one weakness, too! I also love hellebores.
I forgot to say, Sal: we almost went to Rosemoor yesterday but instead wandered along Torquay Sea Front, enjoying the delights (mainly culinary!) of the French Market which comes to the Bay each Easter.
Margaret Powling

twiggypeasticks said...

What a lovely visit thanks for sharing Sal. I have sooooo many fave flowers for different reasons, but would have to plump for Sweet Peas, wonderful colours, wonderful fragrance and always reminds me of happy sunny afternoons in my Grandads garden :)
Twiggy x

Josie-Mary said...

What a lovely day out, I've never been there but it looks great. I like the first picture of Mr S!!! I was looking into Gardeners world live this year as a treat, missed it for the last few years.
Favourite flower???...my goodness that's hard, I love foxgloves but sweetpeas are up there too. :) x

Shabby Chick said...

What a brilliant fun post! Looks like a wonderful day and I like your buys, especially the grape hyacinths. I used to drive my Mum and Dad mad when I was a kid by popping the berries off!

My favourite garden flower is lavender because it smells lovely and I seem to be able to grow it quite successfully. Also bees and butterflies like it and I love to see them in the garden.

Mel xxx

LissyLou said...

What a beautiful post!! My favourite flowers are daisies x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely surprise for you! I'm finding you blog very useful as am off to stay near Totness for a week soon, and have been making notes from your musings of where to find treasure!

I love blue hydrangeas as I had them at my wedding.

Rachael x

Anonymous said...

Lovely, lovely lovely post. I so enjoyed it

Alison Boon said...

What a sweet husband you have. Good to see the pics from your pleasant day.

Sarah said...

How lovely and peaceful it looks - I could do with that right now!
Em, favourite flower. There's so many to choose from, but I think I'll go for Jasmine as I love anything with fragrance.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Well done Mr Snippet's ... more Brownie points for you!
I would have felt just as happy as you Sal as I love any open garden but especially Rosemoor and the other great RHS Wisley.
I think you were incredibly restrained with your 'small' purchase.. when it comes to plants I love them all which makes it so hard to narrow it down to one.. but I think it would have to be ..Hellebores.. I love the variety of colours and the fact they flower when nothing else has woken up..
Michele x

Ragged Roses said...

What a lovely surprise, it sounds and looks like a wonderful place to visit. Well done Mr Snippets!
I hate choosing flowers but I would say the rose is my absolute favourite, so many varieties, colours and scents, I would never be bored ...

Rosie said...

What a wonderful place to visit. Mr Snippets made an excellent choice and I really enjoyed the visit. My favourite flower- difficult as there so many beautiful ones. There are always the roses of course but the one I never get tired of looking at especially first thing on a summers morning with the dew still nestling in it's petals is the Ladies Mantle (Alchemilla mollis). It reminds me of the new day ahead and the magic of nature.

Carol said...

Sal I did enjoy that tour.
Spring is such a pretty time of year, perfect for visiting gardens...which I only wish I could do more of but Mr N is always on call these days so we cannot venture far.
I think the pot people are brilliant, take me back a bit! flub a dub!
Carol x

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Sal
What a lovely day out. I so love sseing the blossom on the trees at this time of the year.
My favourite garden flower, well that is a difficult one as I like so many but my favourite of the moment which is just coming through in our garden is lily of the valley.
Isabelle x

Pixiedust said...

Hi Sal, what bootifull pics, I love the one of the blossom. UMMM my favourite garden flowers, would have to be the Rose. I've been hankering after a David Austin Rose for ages, but need to find the perfect spot. I've had my eye on st swithens, love the colour and its supposed to smell lovely. xxx

sharie said...

LOL what a great post! Love the pics of the garden.
My favourite flower would be a carnation

Lee Tilwede said...

What a lovely garden
I guess the gardener was off having his lunch allowing the flowerpot men to come out and play
Flibadob flobadob I'm sure they are saying
As for my favourite flower it has to be one out of place but a flower non the less

A little weed

Floss said...

I just noticed, I never named my favourite garden flower! Probably Forget-me-nots, for the blue.

Ticking stripes said...

What a fabulous blog! I love it all! Particularly like all the nostalgic 50s bits and pieces. Favourite flower - I'm really looking forward to seeing all those wonderful lupin spires in the gardens.

Estelle said...

I have to say that I love your blog :)
My favourite flower has to be the sunflower - lovely, brights and summery. I also have fond memories of growing sunflowers as part of a school project and being so immensely proud of the sunflow that I grew (with a little help from my dad, hehe).

Estelle said...

Opps, sorry if you get my comment twice - I'm not sure if it sent?
Anyway, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. I am in bit of a blogging frenzy at the moment discovering so many wonderful blogs :)
My favourite flower has to be the sunflower - so lovely, bright and summery. I have fond memories of growing sunflowers as part of a school project and feeling so immensely proud of myself for having grown my flowers (with a little help for my dada of course).

christine said...

hi sal, great blog!! a rose is a rose!! my very favourite!! but the mention of a poppy makes me swoon!!! (maybe its the opium) hehehe cheers christine