To me, no garden tour in the UK would be complete without a visit to Sissinghurst, the home and gardens of Vita Sackville-West. I made my way back again this year to make sure they had not changed anything on me! It is still one of the most beautiful gardens! So without further ado I present another National Trust property that you will never forget! If you are not familiar with Vita Sackville-West, you might want to start with this story, Here.
There are several smaller cottages on the Sissinghurst property, well not so small exactly! I think I could handle living in one of them! There are multiple gardens in addition to the main property.
This is the entrance to the featured gardens. We try to be one of the first there, because it gets crowded very quickly. The entrance is still closed.
When the entrance is opened, that leads to another entry through the Prospect Tower. This photo is looking back at the Main Entry from the garden.
A little secret…….the head gardener leaves free packets of seeds from the Sissinghurst Garden on the narrow ledge in the alcove below the stairs to Vita’s writing retreat. They are gone in the first 15 minutes! Hurry!
The Priests are still guarding and giving their blessing!
Remember the Sissinghurst Garden is made up of several outdoor garden rooms all featuring a different color that fades into the next gardening room. My favorite is the White Garden so I always go there first.
My absolute favorite are the silvery-grey flowers and leaved plants!
Next we go into the garden of lavenders and purple flowers.
From there we go into the Pink Gardens………..
For another look at the Garden from last year look HERE!
On the way out I looked over the out buildings again………
And the Old Barn where the gift shop and restaurant is now.
The oasts are still there………so I am happy to say they are taking really good care of the grounds…… To learn about Oasts Look HERE!
To keep up our energy we stopped at the Three Chimney’s Pub nearby….. AGAIN!!!
Another year complete with my Sissinghurst fix…..
PS For a really good read about Vita look HERE! See you tomorrow in the Garden!
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Thank you, Cady, for referring me to your stories of Sissinghurst and Vita Sackville-West. What a family history! I struggled with the choice to omit that part from my story of Sissinghurst because the assignment I had set for myself was to focus almost entirely on the estate’s garden rooms. However, at least a bit of Vita’s bio I felt had to be included for reference to my theme of “literary gardeners.” You got me going on that one! and I’ve been having lots of fun with it. This week I writing about Rosemary Verey, the last of the great English gardeners, a rather feisty little woman! Look for it tomorrow. ~ Jo
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