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Rhubarb Forcing Pots

By pamelajean
I found these lovely old pots in the Georgian walled flower garden at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Austell, Cornwall. This botanical garden is known as the "sleeping beauty", a mysterious estate with a timeless essence. Heligan Manor was first built in the 1200s and, after decades of neglect and a devastating hurricane in 1990, the gardens have undergone award-winning restoration and are now a living museum of 19th century horticulture, acting as a window into the past.
These pots, though not confined to the forcing of rhubarb, are placed over the emerging shoots or crowns to produce an early crop. The darkness and warmth inside the forcer encourages the plant to put on early growth, which is especially tender, sweet, less acidic, and doesn't need peeling.
4 versions for your perusal.

Tags: Cornwall Gardens Flowers and plants Heligan Pentewan Staustell

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taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
20 Jun 2011 4:00PM
I am fascinated by this Pamela--- Pots and plants, both favorites of mine, but I had not heard of forcing rhubarb-- Thanks for all four views!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
20 Jun 2011 4:03PM
Great images Pamela. I've never heard of forcing rhubard either but it sounds logical. I may try it............Sandy
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
20 Jun 2011 4:04PM
Fine old pots indeed Pamela and surrounded by some fine old gritty brickwork too !!
You seem to come across some little ''treasure'' troves on your travels,and more examples here !!
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
20 Jun 2011 4:27PM
Just wish I had some rhubarb to force, Pamela, they don't know what it is here Sad. Taken in a wonderful place, too, lovely images. Carol
imagio 14 12 1 England
20 Jun 2011 4:33PM
Excellent captures and history Pamela

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
20 Jun 2011 5:35PM
A fine set of pots, Pamela, and a fine set of images, too, lovely tones and textures in the pots Wink
Trev Smile
accipiter 11 61 England
20 Jun 2011 5:38PM
Good set. V1 has lovely color composition and texture. A
Alvar 13 23 2 France
20 Jun 2011 5:52PM
Great to see your lovely images again Pamela.
fentiger 19 920 24 England
20 Jun 2011 6:12PM
A fine set of images. The colours and textures in the brick work and pottery contrasts beautifully with the vegetation.

phil99 13 45 6 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 6:28PM
Excellent tones and textures of the pots in all these images ...Phil
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2161 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 6:34PM
I'm really surprised that some of you haven't heard of forcing rhubarb.
Malc, after your wonderful comment, I wish I'd led with V2Grin!
woolybill1 Plus
14 34 76 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 7:14PM
Delectable colours and textures across the four versions, emanating an atmosphere of warm contentment. I have a slight preference for V2.
I must admit to waiting a moment for Bill and Ben to appear - I never did grow up Smile
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
20 Jun 2011 8:15PM
Excellent detail, colours and textures in the set Pamela, it was well worth pottering about the garden to get these. Your desciption adds so much to these images
Suehh 13 39 6 England
20 Jun 2011 8:29PM
A wonderful image Pamela - the texture in the pots and brickwork is tangible.

I so love this walled garden - and the potting shed is my most favourite place I think - there is something so special about it.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
20 Jun 2011 9:41PM
Excellent detail and nice textures captured in these images Pamela.
NeilWigan 10 17 16 England
20 Jun 2011 11:24PM
when forcing rhubarb you can hear it developing at times ,Nice set Pamela,good detail and a nice splash of colour from the Bishop dahlia .
Ray42 12 3 England
21 Jun 2011 7:47AM
What a great find - a great set and interesting write up - we used to use old buckets to force the rhubarb
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
21 Jun 2011 5:10PM
A fine selection Pamela - lovely textured pots - I think the composition of V2 is the most pleasing on the eye.
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2011 9:59PM
Interesting information, and a very good series captured with such fine detail Pam
xwang 11 56 8
21 Jun 2011 11:32PM
A nice of images with beautiful colour and texture, I like v2's composition mostSmile
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
22 Jun 2011 12:35PM
Wonderful colors and textures, no way to pic a fave from this set! Patti SmileSmile
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 11:54PM
pots of detail in these shots... that`s another place I must visit as it`s not far away
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
24 Jun 2011 7:28PM
A lovely set Pamela but only like rhubarb if it's covered with lots of sugar,
franfoto 13 2 32 England
25 Jun 2011 12:01AM
Yes Geoff, and heaps of custard Grin

These are lovely rustic images, lots of interesting detail and textures and nicely processed, I enjoyed viewing them all.

PhillipMinnis 10 94 4 Australia
26 Jun 2011 4:23AM
Four nice images, Pamela! Wonderful colours and composition in these somewhat rustic images! Well captured!

Have a lovely Sunday!


iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2011 10:03PM
Super series, V2 for me too, Malc says it all. I love the colours and textures.
Paree 15 616 3
20 Jul 2011 7:19PM
they are gorgeous,
like all of them

what a wonderful way to garden

with such beauty,


i have been to these gardens they are so lovely
Mavis 18 143 2 England
21 Aug 2011 8:54AM
Coo Pamela I would love to get my hands on one of those old rustic pots.Wonderful shapes you just want to stroke. I love version 2 with the bit of colour from the pink Dahlia . A great view of the forcing pots standing behind the fine old brick wall.

My friend came to see me two night's ago. She brought me an armful of Rhubarb and yesterday I made 6lb of Rhubarb & Ginger Jam. Delicious on scones Smile xx

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