Monday, September 27, 2010


However "touristy" it may be at this point, there is a certain magic to Sissinghurst.  I am delighted that we went toward the end of the season, and that we went on a Monday. 

When we visited Florence a few years ago, I obssessed about Michelangelo's "David," and managed to be the first visitor in the Academia that morning.  Sissinghurst was the same for me.  I was clear that I was going to be the first person through the gate, and that I was going to be able to stand on top of the tower by myself for a little while and just take it all in.  Fortunately it worked out very easily, though there were a few elderly English ladies left with bruised shins (and they say Americans are rude....)

Because I am a hopeless romantic at heart, I can absolutely see what Vita Sackville-West saw in this property many years ago, because it really is one of the most romantic places I've been.  This is the view of "The Cottage Garden" from the tower, below.  That's a pretty cool view to have from your office!
Watching these guys trim hedges was very cool.  If you enlarge the photo you can see the plumb bob that he's using to make sure the edges are perfectly straight. 
The colchium that have naturalized in the orchard were just beautiful!
I particularly loved this sculpture peeking out from beneath a tree in a corner of the famous white garden.
This ancient trough filled with sedum was pretty special, too! 
Crinums and barberry are a beautiful combo that I'm definitely going to recreate at home. 
All in all, an incredible way to spend a slightly chilly morning....I can die happy now......


  1. Tim, did you notice the plants being larger there, than the same plants here?

  2. It is always an incredible place to visit. Have been there 4 time in my life and each was magic.

  3. Great photos! Just discovered your blog thu Phillip Oliver. Sounds like we have parallel lives. Need a rain date to read more of your posts.

  4. OH gosh, I can imagine how happy you were to be there! It IS gorgeous, and to have the place (almost) all to yourself makes it even better!

    Do they have a hedge maze there?

  5. it seems truly magical.

  6. I noticed that because England doesn't get the crazy heat we get in summer in the South, things that start to bloom in spring continue throughout the season. It was noticeable to see that all of the different types of hydrangeas, for example, overlap in bloom times.