Actually I lied about the Sunday – I would not willingly visit Sissinghurst on a Sunday. It is a hugely successful National Trust Flag Ship, and after a television programme last year which my JP grandmother would have described as ‘washing dirty linen in public’ and a naughty journalist called ‘Adam and Madam’, its popularity has even increased, with numbers up 20% last year! So no Sunday visiting for me. Instead I head there as a break in my odd working hours – usually arriving at 5.30pm and returning to my studio as the nice lady from the National Trust begs to be allowed to lock the door and go home.
This visit was particularly prompted by the nice people across the pond who talk gardens at all times of day and night to me via the Blotanical network. It’s great to have people all over the world* to whom every bud that opens and every bumble bee that busies itself in your tiny corner of the plant is a cause for daily excitement and joyful sharing – and for whom there can never be enough prattling on about plants! Several messages have said how lucky I am to be ‘in the gardening mecca of the world’ and several have Sissinghurst and Dixter down as places they want to see before they die. I do feel lucky most days, but this visit was for those that reminded me!
Viola glabella and polyanthus gold laced
Dog’s tooth violets Erythronium tuolumnense and E. ‘White Beauty’ below,
Followed by The hot garden just warming up, Fritillaria rubra maxima is the star of the show at the moment. (Apart from the elegant gentleman in the beret)
Thomas atgroundeddesign, Deborah at Kilbourne Grove, Deborah at Debsgarden, Autumnbelle in Malaysia, Teza in Ontario,Tiggerlot at Thegalloping gardener, Edith Hope in Budapest and London, Michael in Dorset and many many more