On Thursday evening after work, seven of us from Great Dixter all went over to Sissinghurst to see the garden in all its springtime splendor. It was great to be there when the garden was closed to the public and to stroll the paths in the fading afternoon light. The head gardener, Alexis Datta, unlocked the gate and left us to roam freely through the garden. It was incredible!
A walk through the Nuttery
The Cottage Garden
Stachyurus chinensis 'Celina' in bloom, under planted with Erythronium toulumnense
The amazing roses, beautifully pruned into wonderful shapes and standing structures.
Ribes laurifolium, a scrambling shrub hangs behind the bright yellow cups of Scopolia podolica 'Hladnikiana'
It is hard to see, but in the background there is a magnificent white magnolia in absolute full flower. It was intensely fragrant, filling the air with scent. I had never seen such a floriferous magnolia before, blossoms up and down every single branch.
The Delos garden flush in scilla, anemones, and mauve hellebores
Sissinghurst has the most beautiful brick walls throughout the garden and they are covered with finely pruned trees, shrubs, and vines, such as this incredible Chaenomeles 'Knap Hill Scarlet.'
Clematis alpina 'Ruby'
Looking up at the castle, across the daffodil filled orchard meadow