At the very beginning of October, we spent a beautiful afternoon at Sissinghurst Castle Garden and the surrounding estate. We’ve been there several times before, and I’ve written about it previously in a few posts, mainly here and here (links open in new tab/window). For this post, I’ll let the photos do most of the talking, with just a few added words from me along the way.
After checking in at the information hut, we started off with a visit to the vegetable garden and orchard area, which are outside the formal gardens (to the left after checking in, past the shop and restaurant). On our way there we met a young cat proudly prancing along with a freshly caught mouse in his mouth!
The gardens were quite autumnal, as expected, with most things having been harvested, exept for a few things such as lots of fabulous pumpkins! Some seedheads, such as the sunflowers seen here, had been left standing. I think this is mainly for the birds to feed off.
We sat down for a snack at one of the picnic tables above the orchard, and the views there are just wonderful. We were so lucky with the weather as well, on this visit.
We made another lap around the vegetable gardens, past the asparagus, rhubarb and artichoke seen above, before heading over to the formal castle gardens.
This picture (above) is from ‘The White Garden’, which is famous to garden enthusiasts around the world. All the plants in it are in tones of green and white, and the apples seen here are of a type called ‘Transparent White’. On top of it being a visually pleasing place, Penguin always appreciates the tactile qualities of neatly cut box hedges.
This Mediterranean inspired garden seen above and below, is in an area named ‘Delos’. It’s recently gone through a huge change, from being much more traditional/natural looking, to this. I really loved how it was before, and Penguin always seemed to like this area a lot too, and we’re not yeat convinced about this new look. Perhaps it will grow on us, given time…
After our walk around the different areas of the formal castle gardens, we went down to the little lakes at the edge of the forest, which is also part of the National Trust estate. There are some lovely spots there, such as this one, where we like to stop and look the beautiful reflections on the water surface, as well as all the little fishes swimming below it.
On our walk back towards the exit, we met a group of curious sheep. There are also cows and pigs kept on the estate. And at least one mouse-catching champion of a cat, of course.
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If you’d like to see Sissinghurst Castle Garden and its lovely surroundings for yourself, you can find everything you need to know on the National Trust’s website. It’s currently recommended that you book tickets in advance, especially during weekends and holidays. Please note that some of the indoor areas (such as the tower, for example) are only open on certain days. Opening times for all areas vary over the year, so always check the website before visiting.
I hope you’re having a pleasant autumn, despite the rather strange times we’re living in. Until next time, take care x
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