Vita Sackville West and her husband certainly made Sissinghurst Castle Gardens a beautiful place to visit, I would love to visit again when the gardens are in full bloom.
On a visit to Scotney Castle Garden in Kent I found ten things that made me smile, obviously there were lots more but these were some of my favourites.
Ightham Mote in Kent is well worth a visit, the last owner was a man called Charles Henry Robinson who was a direct descendant of a pilgrim who travelled to New England on the Mayflower, if it wasn't for him buying it then it may now be a pile of rubble.
I visited Chartwell some 18 years ago and felt the need to go back, all the 50th aniversary news of Winston Churchills death in the media reminded me how much I like Kent as a county. It was a freezing cold day but I was not disappointed, the house although not grand given the importance of Churchill was welcoming and friendly, with lots of great recent history.
Today because it was frosty with beautiful clear blue skies, we headed off to Slindon in West Sussex. It is known for its pumpkin displays which I shall blog about later.
This is Lanhydrock House near Bodmin in Cornwall, it belongs to the National Trust and is a five minute drive away from Lower Margate house.
I have been appreciating roses in other peoples gardens over the last few days, they seem more special at this time of year, probably because I know that this is the last we will see of them until June 2013.This rose called Graham Thomas is a David Austin Rose, Graham Stuart Thomas OBE (3 April 1909 – 16 April 2003), was an English horticulturalist, artist, author, poet and garden designer.