at the castle

April 23, 2015

OK, I’ve been sitting on this post for a week now and, within that week, the garden at Sissinghurst will have changed as gardens do. Some April sun to bring on the plants and fill out the borders but the temperatures are still low. So these images are just about relevent and the journey shown here is on the most obvious route. On arrival, a delicate pleasing planting in the urns in the forecourt,  even though the hyacinths are ‘over’ . . .

front vases

. . . and more delicious container planting – Iris bucharica and auriculas in the front courtyard under the tower.

iris bakeriana

auriculas

towers

Gloomy weather and not ideal for photography – too few shadows and a general sense of indistinct – although in this atmosphere the garden seemed to merge more successfully into the surroundings. From the top of the tower –  an overriding softness floating over a particular countryside . . .

from tower

from tower 1

chaenomeles

. . . but down on the ground, brilliant chaenomeles and an interesting signature below the gateway into the Rose Garden.

gateway

roller 1

Just peeking through another entrance from the Rose Garden . . .

roller 2

hazel

. . . this time of year, the expertise of the management of this special garden is easy to see and worth noting.

trained roses into orchard

view through

lime walk carpet

Perfection in Harold’s Lime Walk, ‘his life’s work’, where the carpet of spring bulbs, like overlaid small Persian rugs, weaves below the espaliered structure of the tree stems . . .

small carpet below lime lime walk

nuttery

. . . the effect relaxes through the Nuttery. The groupings are larger and the softness of tone provides a floating feel. Always admire the stonking trilliums that interupt the effect . . .

trillium in nuttery

detail

. . . and also the hard landscape detailing. Such craftsmanship; so sublime and impossible to find today. Big colour contrast in the Cottage Garden, as always . . .

cottage garden

orchard

. . . and out in the Orchard, snakes heads on the floor and blossom overhead.

blossom orchard

orchard amelanchier

moat 1

The moat is quite congested where it ends  – looks like someone else’s close by – but is cleaner where it runs . . .

moat 2

delos

In Delos, blossom abounds with spreads of anemone and magnolias in full frontal. It starts to rain – just a little  –  enough to take shelter in the library where this arrangement takes my attention. Colour  . . .

library

. . . but I’ve never taken to this colour composition – the Purple Border. Why? It’s a colour I like, but not here for some reason – perhaps this needs some analysis.

purple border

The White Garden is restful and low key in April – neat and composed – maybe overly so – but to be respected. Here she is reading a little from The Land.

white

Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,

When I have no engagements written on my block,

When no one comes to disturb my inward peace,
When no one comes to take me away from myself
And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle,
A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection,
Being so contrived that it takes too long a time
To get myself back to myself when they have gone.
The years are too strickly measured, and life too short
For me to afford such bits of myself to my friends.
And what have I to give my friends in the last resort?
An awkwardness, a shyness, and a scrap,
No thing that’s truly me, a bootless waste,
A waste of myself and them, for my life is mine
And theirs presumably theirs, and cannot touch. V Sackville West

 

12 Responses to “at the castle”

  1. elizabethwix Says:

    The very apotheosis of your blog/England/English gardens and so on and so forth. I was particularly taken with the very atmospheric photo – the damp day, the moat the lone daffodil.
    You are right the purple border is possibly the least successful.
    Can you believe I have never visited Sissinghurst.
    Excellent piece about being fragmented…

  2. charleshawes Says:

    A very nice visit, thank you! It all looks very pleasing, though not sure about those orange tulips stuck in the Urn. Did V S-W really write “strickly” rather than “strictly”? How odd.

    • julia fogg Says:

      rather last download from the web Charles. The ornage tulips were quite a reliet from all the softy anemone/low stuff. Pix very ‘wet’ I’m afraid.

  3. Paul Steer Says:

    The brick wall is too close in tone to the purples in the purple border for my taste, not enough contrast .

  4. Chris Westwood Says:

    GoRgeous, Julia!

  5. Adam Hodge Says:

    A lot of gorgeous pics Julia !


  6. Thanks for the post. I keep meaning to visit Sissinghurst. I need to put a date in the diary with friends. We were thinking June. Let things come into flower a bit. Not that we know too much about gardening. I’m sure that it will be lovely at any time of year.


  7. […] a return visit – always a pleasure after doing a little work in a garden nearby – and 2 months on. […]


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