They call the place Sissinghurst Castle Garden, but it is really not a castle.
The garden is very famous though.
Last winter they opened the winter garden to visitors for the first time and I was there.
On a lovely bright February day.
Vita Sackville-West was the lady of the house and the chief gardener. She and her husband bought the place, I think there was some sad story of her growing up at a mansion not too far away and being unable to inherit it.
She fell in love with the tower on this property. This is the view from up there.
You can see the hop kilns
The view form the other side of the arched entrance,
over the pond to the main buildings
and the tower as seen from the garden.
In February you can see the snowdrops, the crocus flowers and the bare rose stems.
They say if you bend the roses they flower profusely. You can do this with all roses except the hybrid teas. Think I should come back in summer!
Do you think we can pick saffron?
The garden is famous for Vita’s new style of planting, but don’t overlook the structural design.
They say she was never in the garden without at least a string of pearls.
The main living quaters as seen from the courtyard.
And the tower in all its glory. It does seem like an ideal place to write, which is what she wanted it for.
Think I remember they lived here for years in a ruin so they could renovate. All for the tower and the garden.
Well if she had her way and stayed in her childhood home, she would never have created this beautiful place and garden.
Our guide wasn’t sure of the name of this plant but assured us it had been flowering for weeks. Protected there in the corner.
If I’m right it is the camelia japonica, or the Japanese camelia, cousin to the tea plant – camelia sinensis, from China.