Vita wrote of Sissinghurst: ‘The heavy golden sunshine enriched the old brick with a kind of patina, and made the tower cast a long shadow across the grass, like the finger of a gigantic sundial veering slowly with the sun. Everything was hushed and drowsy and silent but for the coo of the white pigeons.’
I have been to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain however I thought the General Life Gardens, was some area sponsored by an insurance company so we didn’t go. I know I’m a plonker! However my friend and travel writer extraordinaire Claire Foot did go and she kindly offered to do this guest blog. Hopefully this will spark your holiday day dreams…….
Let’s talk plants; not buildings, tropical fish, kitchens or TV’s. It’s called the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a reason and the RHS is the UK centre for horticultural excellence and not TV’s, so let’s go with plants.
When I scribbled the first draft of this blog, Beth Chatto was still alive, in fact we saw her pootling around on her mobility scooter the morning of our visit, the 12th of May. Sadly, she died the following day, as I reflect on the tour; it makes our time there even more poignant. I can understand why she was in the gardens to the very end; frankly if I’d had a tent with me I would have slept there it was so wonderful!
I have to admit, I was a teensy bit over excited going to Great Dixter for the first time. I’d read Christopher Lloyd’s book on secession planting earlier in the summer, so I was desperate to see the gardens for myself.