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“Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom.”
― Ken Kesey

I spent the day at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest – it was more beautiful than I expected. I know that it’s famous for the Autumn leaves and orange/red/brown hues in the season, but I didn’t quite expect it to be so photogenic in the Summer. (Summer, yes it apparently is Summer). The company was pretty fantastic too!

The gardens are set in 200 acres of land and were cultivated (if that’s the right word) by Lord Rothschild. Apparently he is responsible for most of the Rhododendrons (yes spelled right first time!) Azaleas, Camellias and other randomly rare trees and shrubs that are around today. The website entices you to Exbury to escape the cares of the world for a little while, and actually it does work!

I found the perfect quote to go with today’s blogs, but it did make me realize that whilst I enjoy browsing the internet (sometimes) for quotes, I think I need a book of them. If anyone has any reccomendations for decent books of assorted quotes then I will gratefully investigate! The problem is that I’m not just looking for inspiring quotes, or romantic quotes, or motivational – I really do need a mixture!

According to the Exbury website   a visitor once described the gardens as “Heaven with the gates open.” I can’t compare it to a place I’ve never been! But I truly recommend it for the peacefulness, beauty and tranquility. The colours, despite it being a grey summers day mostly, were amazing too.

The estate is so big that if you walk to the very edges, you meet the Beaulieu River (or that patch of marshland until I googled and got the actual name) which offers some lovely views across to the New Forest. It also houses the Exbury Steam Railway. We didn’t venture onto that today, although the tracks were quite accessible oddly enough!

Visiting Exbury does mean that the objects purchased yesterday for photo-graphical purposes have been shelved. But that’s entirely okay because tomorrow is fairly busy, and I know that I’ll need something close to hand to photograph. So standby for my very expensive purchase in the name of photography – tomorrow!

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