Rose Gardens at Cornerway

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Our gardens are one the best features at Cornerway House. Robin grew up with a love for gardens and flowers. His mum was a keen gardener and passed her love of roses onto her son. This passion led him to open a flower shop in Marlbrough, Wiltshire England. So when Robin relocated from England some 12 odd years ago, naturally he started to create a charming English sanctuary in the heart of South Africa, Plettenberg Bay.

With all the love and attention the gardens at Cornerway House receive from Robin and our two very special gardeners, it is no wonder that every year the blooms are brighter, bigger and more rewarding.

We have special roses that have been delighting us year after year, and some new ones that are blooming terrific. Earlier this year Robin ordered a variety from Ludwig Roses. Ludwig Roses was established in 1971, just north of Pretoria. From humble beginnings, lots of dedicated, hard work and passion Ludwig has grown a specialist nursery which has become the strongest rose brand in South Africa. They offer an amazing, huge variety of superior quality roses and will post to just about anywhere in the world.

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We have grown one particular rose that is so beautiful, blooms quickly and then sadly fades. I think the scent of this bloom is so heavenly and truly depicts what a roses should smell like. The ideal rose from which to make rose water…

Rose Water:

Fill a saucepan with petals from strongly scented roses, include red ones.

Add enough water to cover petals. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes.

Allow to cool leaving lid on to keep the perfume in.

Strain into jars with good tight lids.

Use rose water as a delicate perfume on your skin or sprinkle a little on your clothes.

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.’ Ruth Stout

 

 

 

The Magic of Winter in Plettenberg Bay

Winter for me starts when the first oranges drop from the orange tree in the Cornerway garden. I love the bright orange colour of the oranges under the tree. 

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There are a few things that make winter in Plettenberg Bay special to me:

Cold Feet: winter walks burn more kilojoules because the body has to work twice as hard. My favourite winter walk in Plett.

 Winter Fruits: Mmmm all the yummy oranges and grapes, much better to start the day with than All Bran Flakes.

 Sleeping Late: Your immune system gets a boost from lying in, and yes it has been medically proven!

Hot Chocolate: Protect your heart with a warm hot chocolate, as the Japanese believe it to protect against heart disease. What better reason to drink hot chocolate?

 Feed your skin: Winter dries the skin, so this is the perfect time to give your skin some extra TLC.

 On that note, I leave you with some special pics from our garden. Keep warm until next time!

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 For more photos of our Garden please visit us at www.cornerwayhouse.co.za