Butterflies in Birchington – Quex Park, Kent

As is so often the case, the things that are on your own doorstep are the first to be overlooked.  And so, somehow, we have never managed to visit the house and garden which is probably closest to us – Quex Park near Birchington-on-Sea.  After 6 years we thought it was high time, so we […]

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Sensational Sissinghurst (Part 2 – White Heat)

The White Garden at Sissinghurst is arguably one of the most admired and imitated gardens in the world.  It began as an idea in 1939, all thoughts of which were sadly overshadowed by the War.  Then in 1949 Vita resurrected her vision for a white and silver planting, including santolina, cineraria and rabbit’s ears, with regal lilies […]

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Sensational Sissinghurst (Part 1 – Wall Flowers)

The gardens of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent must be amond the best known in England, if not the whole of Europe.  They are the creation of two people, Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson, who arrived at the property in 1930.  Over a period of 32 years they worked together on this gentle masterpiece, […]

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Oops! I did it again

Well, it was always going to happen. A dear friend and I made the lengthy pilgrimage to Sissinghurst today and we returned home with box of gems, smaller than it might of been but too good to miss. Most I do have genuine spaces for, others will be found homes regardless. And unlike much that’s […]

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Other People’s Gardens No.2 – Goodnestone Park, Kent (Part 2)

One thing all this rain and cool weather has been good for is prolonging the flowering period of spring and early summer plants.  Back in March my daffodils seemed to go on for weeks, when in other years a hot spell has sent them over in a matter of days.  So it was a nice surprise […]

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Other People’s Gardens No.2 – Goodnestone Park, Kent (Part 1)

Despite the showers, we set off after lunch for one of east Kent’s finest gardens.  That could be read as faint praise, given east Kent has a complete dearth of good gardens open to the public.  However, Goodnestone is a fabulous, intimate garden which is at its absolute best this month.   It’s a garden that steers a happy […]

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Other People’s Gardens No.1 – Wasserburg Anholt, Germany

This week, work took me to the border between Holland and Germany, and the magnificent Wasserburg Anholt in Isselburg. The castle, which appears to float in its expansive moat and is approached by drawbridge, is everything fairytales are made of. Partly destroyed at the end of the Second World War, the restoration took 30 years. […]

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