108. How Does Your Garden Grow? Roses in the Walled Garden, Mottisfont

Roses at the Walled Garden, Mottisfont

Roses at the Walled Garden, Mottisfont

I was so frustrated and annoyed with myself that I couldn't get to the Garden of the Rose Meet Up on Sunday that I sulked, a lot. But yesterday I managed to get to local National Trust run Mottisfont to get a rose scented pick me up. This is the best time of the year, in my opinion, to visit Mottisfont as the Walled Garden full of roses comes into bloom. You may recall I visited last year and it's a visit that stays with you. The air is full of the heady scent of roses and the roses themselves have foxgloves, alliums, iris and clematis to name but a few interspersed between them which makes for the prettiest sights. As you know the written word is not really my forte, so take a look for yourselves...

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses
— Alphonse Karr
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup
— H.L. Mencken
Roses, Mottisfont

Roses, Mottisfont

If you are keen on visiting, Mottisfont are open late this week whilst the Walled Garden is in bloom, until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) today, Saturday and Sunday this week.

And breatheeeee... So I *might* have gone overboard with the photos. Thanks to all who joined in last week, we had a couple of late joiner-inners so I will re-link those back up this week. Some faves from lat week include: Pretty pink frangipani, the June garden, out and about posts from Open Gardens at Crowcombe Somerset & Bolsover Castle, someone falling in love with their garden & here, beautiful photos with some spritely music to accompany and a really interesting interview with Jow Swift (totally agree with him, it would be good to see horticulture being taught in schools) .

Who wants some final cheese? Papasaurus asked me who I was going to the rose garden with and when I replied 'no one' he tagged along - and took this during the morning. I cringe at photos of myself but the roses do help jolly me up I think ;)

Annie Spratt

Annie Spratt



  • Location | Mottisfont, Romsey | nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont
  • Practical | Creating a Rose Garden for the 21st Century | rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Partner-gardens/articles/Rose-combinations
  • Editing | VSCO Film 7 | vsco.co/film