I love it in Spring but course June is everybody’s favourite time here when the Rose Garden and the White garden are looking particularly magical. Jenny at Duverdiary visited Sissinghurst recently too, do pop over and look at her wonderful photos.
Vita’s white garden has probably been imitated more than any other garden ever. You see white gardens everywhere, but nowhere is it carried off with such flair and panache as at Sissinghurst. The trouble is trying to photograph it as it is always so full of people. Jenny managed to get quite a few shots without hordes of people but I only managed one.
The centre of the garden draws the eye with the wonderful gothic arbour covered with Rosa mulliganii. This was designed by Nigel Nicholson. Apparently in Vita and Harold’s time there were almond trees here. In the centre is a huge Chinese bowl bought by Harold in Egypt.
Silver looks wonderful with white and the weeping pear: Pyrus salicifolia is dreamy with the statue of the virgin sheltering under the long branches.
I love the large clump of white Dictamnus albus which I believe exudes a gas that you can set fire to. I can never get the thing to thrive although I love it and have tried it several times. The last thing I would do is set fire to it.
A shrub that I have never seen before is Deutzia multiradiata. I am not a great fan of Deutzias but this is lovely and has such daintyflowers.
A little gem that I shall be looking out for is Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’. I love the green centres to the flowers.
The shady arbour draped in wisteria and vines was a favourite outside dining spot for Vita and Harold. They called it The Erechtheum after the temple to Athene on the Acropolis. On a hot day there is great competition for a seat here.
The above photo is the view from a seat in the Erechtheum which I managed to bag after a bit of lurking. The Eremurus are over but Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ is still looking good with its pure white flowers and its glossy leaves. Apparently Vita annd Harold used to call this rose ‘Mrs Alfonso’s Career’.
A complete contrast to the White Garden is found in the sunset shades of the Cottage Garden.
Troy Smith who is now the head gardener of Sissinghurst says he is unhappy with the Irish yews because he feels they have become too big.
This beautiful copper was found by Vita in one of the barns that had been used as a laundry. It makes a wonderful focal point for the centre of the garden.
I love the colour combination of Aquilegia formosa. I’m not sure about the verbascums though. I am not fond of their big felty leaves which get attacked by the caterpillars of the Mullein moth.
But I think the lime green Euphorbia cornigera looks good with it. Back left there is Euphorbia griffithii with its orange bracts.
People kept asking me what this pretty, little flower is. It is a bulb: Calachortus ‘Golden Orb’.
The red Alstroemeria made quite an impact.
I love the cottage garden, it looks good in spring and in summer it just gets better and better, until in late summer it really comes into its own.
My favourite part of the garden in June is the rose garden which was looking and smelling quite magical when I was there. But this will have to wait for the next post.