Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens








Sissinghurst garden was created by Vita Sackville-West. It is beautiful. You can read about it here, Vita here. The colours are mouth-watering, the sun came out and brought with it a
juggling lady on the lawn, honey bees and the colours of the plants. I bought a little book of gardening columns by V S-W. I love them-she wrote in a funny, warm, wise and inspiring way. In one article, she talks about a tussie-mussie that her neighbour bought her from her own small garden. A tussie-mussie is the delightful term for a posy of flowers. My sweet peas have passed their best so I am going into my garden tomorrow to get a tussie-mussie of my own!
P.S.-I did the pictures small as there are so many. In the draft version they are all in blocks. When I publish they get into one long line! They seem to be working when you click on them though so if you want a closer look!


15 comments:

Shell said...

I have read so much about Sissinghurst. It is a place I want to experience myself. Your pictures give me a glimpse of the beauty of the place. I feel I know a bit about Vita after reading about her Virginia Woolf's diaries.
I have never read Tarka the Otter. It will be another book I will put on the list to read.

Sonia ;) said...

Sarah..

Pkg is being shipped on Fridays international priorty mail.

Smiles,
Sonia ;)

Esther said...

Lovely photos, I love poppies and Iris! I would love to go there.

Kamana said...

looks great!

Hey Harriet said...

What a spectacular place Sssinghurst garden is! A beautiful collection of photos and I love the idea of a juggling lady being there when you visited. How cute that is! That's a place that I would love to go to!

ADonald466 said...

Super photos - another place to put on the places-to-visit list! I have been trying to put photos in a block - no luck yet - even my usual trick of swearing at the laptop and telling it I am going to throw it out he window hasn't worked!!

Helen McCookerybook said...

I like the black Iris best- they come in such weird colours, i'm sure they came from another planet originally. You're really good at taking photos of flowers Sarah!
I will find a book that Dad gave me written by Vita Sackville West- I think you'd enjoy reading it.

Anairam said...

What a beautiful garden - I have always wanted to see it. (Maybe I will one day!) As for VSW, I love that whole era of British literary history - the Bloomsbury group, etc. Have you read Victoria Glendinning's excellent biography of VSW? It is called Vita.

Sonia ;) said...

Oh the pictures are beautiful...I love gardens...especially english gardens so full and designed to be soothing and in awe. Wow that bench is so awesome as grass as the seat....

going to go check out the links..

Smiles,
Sonia ;)

Poetikat said...

I remember there was a British drama on the life of Vita Sackville-West (who was it - Janet McTeer?)and I was struck by the beauty of the gardens at Sissinghurst.

I love those little signs for the plant varieties. I could do with some of those in my (paltry-by-comparison) garden.

Kat

Candace said...

Oh my goodness, Vita was a wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) person and like Shell above, I feel I know her already a bit from the intrepid Ms. Woolf.

These photos are so delightful, Sarah and thank you very much for sharing these pictures and this history with us.

Your blog is more than just a blog to me. It's a window to the world through the eye of a friend.

I always find just the most amazing perspectives and perceptions here from the photos, the art, the words.
Take care.
Candace x

Liz said...

What a beautiful place! I love going to gardens.

parisa mahmoudi said...

So lovely!The forth one is my favorite!The flower is so elegant and has a mysterious color!

kendalee said...

Oh how gorgeous!!! Lots of oohing and aahing going on here. I love irises especially and have never seen that black variety - what a stunner. Thank you for sharing these :)

Chris said...

Lovely photos, and I love that term, tussie-mussie!