So, I went to England to visit gardens. Three days, five gardens, me and a friend. I have a gazillion pictures so I´ll break this down into four posts. First up, Sissinghurst! The holy grail of gardens indeed. I had read quite a bit about Sissinghurst before this trip, particularly this book which I very much recommend. The funny thing about gardens you only know from books is that once you do visit, everything seems tiny. Don´t get me wrong, Sissinghurst is a substantial garden, but I had expected it to be much larger. That tower in the picture above? It is merely 20 meters high! It looks so much larger in pictures.
Now, Sissinghurst is definitely a wonderful garden. But what I liked best were the walls and what grows on them. In the book I mentioned above there is an entire chapter on "plants for walls" which I thought was quite odd until I visited the place. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the walls of Sissinghurst:
Also - that blue and white border! So lovely.
Lovely, right? Makes we want to build walls around my entire garden.
The famous white garden didn´t disappoint. And look, that is the same rambler rose that grows in my walled garden!
That was in the rose garden, I think. We were quite lucky to catch the last of the roses.
The cottage garden was my least favorite... I just don´t like orange and red in a garden, what can I say.
Next up, Great Dixter! Spoiler: I loved Great Dixter.