Plants Outside the Gardener’s Bothy at Rousham

Gardener's bothy covered with plants at Rousham

I wonder how many different cultivars there are in this small collection of pelargoniums and other potted plants at Rousham in Oxfordshire?

Path leading from the bothy at Rousham

The vine can ramble where it will provided it leaves window room and the building looks sweeter for it. Neatness and exuberance, hand in hand, are rarely so evident as when potted plants are packed together. Plants in small terracotta pots don’t look this good without regular attention.

I found a picture of the bothy in the winter on the Oxfordshire Gardens Trust’s website. You would hardly know it was the same place.

23 Replies to “Plants Outside the Gardener’s Bothy at Rousham”

  1. I am completely taken by the pots and ivy! I’ve been trying to work pots into my garden, but slowly, and these photos encourage me to go at it less tentatively. It’s a lovely effect. Of course I clicked on the link (and also of course I had to look up “bothy”) and I agree the bothy in winter is hardly the same. But it shows what transformations are possible with a garden. I second Laurie’s word “enchanting.”

    1. I don’t think it’s ivy, though it’s beautiful no matter the name. It looks more like grape, although it could just be something chosen to be decorative and leafy. I have some pots, but they never look as pristine as these. They have a tendency to go as green as the leaves, if I’ll let them. I thought you might like ‘bothy’.

      1. Oh, I did indeed like “bothy.” Apparently we lost a lot of great words on this side! So that isn’t ivy — how very interesting! It’s a lovely accompaniment to those pots. Yes, the clay pots do not stay pristine by themselves, more’s the pity.

  2. I also group together my potted pelargoniums like this. There’s just something so appealing about them in terracotta pots. A reminder of southern Europe perhaps?

    1. Potted pelargoniums remind me of parts of Europe too, and those great pictures you see of them on steps and walls. You’d imagine the hotter the place, the less well they’d survive in terracotta, but evidently not!

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