Friday, July 16, 2010

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle July 2009 

Mixed Border Sissinghurst Castle Garden July 2009 

Lower Courtyard Sissinghurst Castle Garden July 2009

Hop Barns Sissinghurst Castle July 2009

White Garden Sissinghurst Castle Garden July 2009

I visited Sissinghurst Castle Garden on July 4, 2009. Because the climate of southern England is similar to Seattle, Portland OR or Vancouver BC, the plants in this garden appeared much as they would in the Pacific Northwest in July.  From my journal: Colin had said he would have me back to London by noon.  But when we reached the carpark at Wisley Garden, he suggested we go on to Sissinghurst.  It was a long drive to Sissinghurst, near the English Channel, not far from Hastings.  I slept for awhile.  I awoke to lovely country near Hastings.  The Sissinghurst Castle Garden was wonderful.  There was a very charming old manor house, a tower remaining from the castle, cottages & an Elizabethan barn.  The garden contained a rose garden with much more than roses, a cottage garden, an herb garden, 2 courtyards with borders & a white garden.  There was also an orchard, a nuttery & part of a moat.  I enjoyed it thoroughly, was not sorry to be away from London for the day.

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