A rare day of sunshine is an opportunity to visit Sissinghurst Castle to witness the splendour that July brings to the gardens. One of the pleasures of getting to know Sissinghurst is that it is ever constant yet ever changing. The essence of the gardens remains unaffected by the seasons yet the artful planting means that it always puts on a fresh face. Sissinghurst is like coming home; you know what to expect yet there is always an element of surprise yet that sense of belonging that keeps you coming back.
Clematis scrambling up the lovely old wall of the Main House in the Front Courtyard.
Gazania Freddie - I love the green centre of this exotic looking flower.
Clematis Viticella Minuet spectacularly covering the old brickwork.
Verbena. The captivating colours and curves of this flower would surely inspire any designer.
How beautiful is this flower? The watery yellow and lilac are so perfect - these were my wedding colours.
Scrumptious lavenders and pinks.
Cornflower. So perfect for a cottage garden.
This rampant Clematis Perle d'Azur was spectacularly covering the entire curved back wall in the Rose Garden. I couldn't photograph it without getting lots of people in the photo who might not want to be in my post, so you will have to imagine the glory of it!
I so want to know what's behind this lovely old door.
This hardy Purple Meadowsweet was massed in the Rose Garden and looked very showy and pleased with itself.
Loved these. They had attitude! Maybe not in their prime but show-stoppers.
Pentstemon Sour Grapes. More gorgeous watery lavenders and lilacs with the most beautifully intricate patterns inside.
One of the many welcoming benches dotted around the gardens. A place to sit and contemplate.
Balloon Flower. This vibrant beauty was tumbling onto the pathway.
Green Cotton Lavender.
The gardens were alive with the sounds of bees.
The Herb Garden was delightful. I love this Double Camomile.
Gorgeous blue borage. White borage was also planted here and both were so delicate. I hope this photo reflects this.
Green Cotton Lavender and Blue Borage
The White Garden
Simple flowers nestle near steps and look just as gorgeous as their sometimes more showy neighbours.
I love flowers with a soft and gentle colouring and many of the flowers I've shown on here reflect my personal taste but there is something here to suit everyone. I have to say, the gardening team must have been working very hard and using all of their massed talent to be able to present the gardens looking as stunning as they did despite the rainfall we've had here over the last couple of months.
Many of the flowers that you see at Sissinghurst can be bought in The Garden Shop.