Longleat - A WARNING TO EVERYONE

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Do you wish you had a garden like this?

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  1. Verygreen

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    Found this today taken in Longleat. Wish I had a garden this big

    ADMIN EDIT - behind this spoiler tag is an image of a child in a garden; whilst it is not illegal or pornographic in any way, it is highly questionable. We have left the image here as an example of the type of images being deployed to entrap/scam people, Please see Post 11

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    No way, I just looked it up and it's immense, hundreds of acres! :yikes: I'd like about 5-6 acres and enough money to hire a couple of people to regularly do the lawns, weeding and basic pruning. I'd also include a small woodland and a fairly large wildflower meadow. I've recently realised that what I actually really like about gardening is the more creative side of it, what I want to do is sort of learn to paint with plants eventually. Wish I had the space for more deep borders where you can seriously experiment with different colours, heights and shapes/habits.

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      I've never been to Longleat, although passed by the gate around this time last year - is it a good day out @Verygreen? Do you have other photos from your day there?
       
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        I have been many years ago, I can't really remember the gardens. All I remember is the drive through monkey enclosure. They appear to know the weak points of each type of passing car, to begin with it was fun as they jumped on our car, then they systematically prised off various parts, the long rubber roof seals and wipers. That was a very expensive trip.
         
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          Never been, but I do remember all those car window stickers "we have seen the lions of Longleat ".:biggrin:
           
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            The lions enclosure is the scary bit, plenty of warning signs saying to lock your door and never leave your car. They didn't come close which was a shame. The gardens are fantastic, plenty of picnic spots and old green house buildings. I don't think many people visit the gardens.
             
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              Here you go. The better quality ones my neighbour took.

              ADMIN EDIT - behind the spoiler tags is are images of a child in a garden; whilst they are not illegal or pornographic in any way, they are highly questionable. We have left the image here as an example of the type of images being deployed to entrap/scam people, Please see Post 11

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                Thank you :) Looks like you had a fantastic time. What a wonderful looking place, I must go at some point.
                 
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                  Isnt that the place they used to have the Safari Park? Do they still?
                   
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                    Those hostas look incredible en masse, I don't suppose anyone here knows the cultivar name, or at least something very similar? Might be handy for the shadier parts of my garden. :)

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                    Ladies and gentlemen we need to make you aware that some images that get posted are not always as innocent as they may seem... the images posted in this thread rang some alarm bells with the Admin Team, and sure enough it wasn't long before further images were being shared via PM. Whilst these images were also not illegal or pornographic, they were also not the sort of image that you would want your child to be sharing with strangers over the internet - - I say child, as it is our firm belief that the person in these images is a minor, despite claims of being older.

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                      Ha! Don't bother with SW France then! That's exactly what I envisaged doing, but the extremes of climate put paid to that! I've only got 2 acres, but without help it's a losing battle. Most Brits that buy vast plots here end up turning the acres over to a local farmer to manage. Then they whinge about the colour of the flowers on the crop that he plants...:roflol:
                       
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                        It looked dodgy to me from the start.
                         
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                          Hence us asking quite innocent but leading questions....
                           
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                            I thought she was very odd from the beginning from her avatar ... never looked further!
                             
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