83. The Rose Garden at Mottisfont

Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont

This week is all about total escapism. I know what you are thinking... 'But Saurus - escapism from what? What's up sugar tits?' Oh my friends, it's the squirrel apocalypse, it's happening, it's happening now. First the squirrel banging on my back door (once again, not a euphemism) and now, every morning, half a dozen in my back garden, eyeballing me. Having channeled my inner-Morse I've discovered that my neighbour-on-the-other-side-from-Alex has been putting a plateful of food out in her garden for them each morning, thus I suspect morphing them from happy-go-lucky aren't-I-cute-walking-on-your-fence furballs to don'-let-the-kids-outside-with-a-sandwich food-crazed mo fo's.

Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont

Ok, that be a tiny exaggeration of the problem but you get my drift. And so this week I took off one morning to local National Trust Mottisfont near Romsey. Mottisfont began as a 13th century priory, the gardens really taking shape in Georgian times and some great garden designers have contributed to the grounds over time including Graham Stuart Thomas, Geoffery Jellicoe and Norah Lindsay. With a house, gardens and riverside walk to explore, one could easily spend a day enjoying all that Mottisfont has to offer but on this occasion I went to see just one thing - the Walled Gardens. Hundreds of roses and other blooms, alliums the size of footballs and beautiful brick walls. Brace yourselves, this is going to get seriously rosey...

Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
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Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont
Roses in the Walled Garden at Mottisfont