Somehow it always rains when I visit Sissinghurst castle and gardens in the south of England. This year was no exception. No gentle rain, mist like drops or short downpours, but a constant rain that, in combination with low temperatures and wind, makes you feel really uncomfortable. We strolled through the garden, enjoying it's beauty, while seeking shelter under our umbrella's.
At the same time we realised that we probably should have visited the garden two or three weeks later. There was not that much in bloom yet. The part I liked best was the white garden and the orchard, with the curled up fern leaves, first roses, white syringa and blossoms.
Michelham Priory was one of the places my friends and I visited as well. The gardens are not large, but well maintained and created with care around the priory. There is an orchard garden, a kitchen garden a medieval garden and even a physic garden, but there was not really that much in bloom here either. However, the forget-me-nots were enchanting!
The photo's above were taken at Sissinghurst, the photo's below at Michelham Priory. A great advantage of the rain is that it makes the colours very intense!
Wish you all a happy weekend!