Yesterday my husband and I spent a couple of happy hours in Sissinghurst Castle Gardens wandering amongst the beautiful individual gardens that Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson together created.
Above is a photo of the tower where Vita wrote and for a short time, lived. You can see her Writing Room still full of her books.
Each garden at Sissinghurst is delightfully individual and allows you to look at the beauty of Sissinghurst from many different angles. Pathways disappear tantalisingly around corners and you are led from one garden to another through archways and doorways that beckon and welcome.
I can't begin to include a fraction of the amazing plants, trees and shrubs that Sissinghurst nurtures, but here I will choose a few of my favourites and give you a glimpse of the tranquility and sheer beauty of the exquisitely and artfully designed gardens.
This Japanese Flowering Quince scampers up a lovely old brick wall in the courtyard covering it in red glory.
The Lime Walk was looking lovely with Snake's Head Fritillary nestling at the bottom of the trees and mingling with muscari and daffodils. As always the pathway led you onwards, teasing you with glimpses of the wild garden in the distance.
The White Garden has to be my favourite and at any time of the year, it looks graceful and serene in its white simplicity.
Wandering around the gardens was relaxing and inspiring at the same time. I hope I've given you a taste of our visit and I'll post some more photos throughout the year so that you can see it changing through the seasons.