We had an impromptu Sissinghurst skip on Sunday, children, grandparents and all, so I thought I would share a few pics of what’s going on.
These are the last tulip pics I will post for this year. I almost promise. I had to admire this wonderful red-with-a-hint-of cerise-and-crimson lily-flowered tulip. I couldn’t find a label for the variety. It’s too pinkish for ‘Red Shine’ I think, so I’m opting for ‘Pieter De Leur’, but am happy to be corrected!
It was the perfect partner for ‘Black Parrot’ in pots along the Lime Walk.
In my previous post, Sissinghurst at the start of the season, I showed the lovely copper pot full of ‘Princes Irene’ tulip foliage. The turquoise of the pots set off the glaucous foliage perfectly. Here are the tulips in full flower (the foliage still looking wonderful – somewhere between teal and jade-green):
Stevie noticed that there were a few double-headed tulips. Like this one:
I love the subtlety of ‘Princes Irene’, with those really delicate brush-strokes of powdered plum-magenta, and the occasional hint of green along the mid-rib.
The Cottage Garden
The Cottage Carden was looking radiant, with meandering riverlets of wallflowers (Erysimum cheiri ‘Blood Red’ and ‘Cloth of Gold’), Tulipa ‘Aladdin’ and the appropriately named Glaucium flavum. I remember reading that Vita Sackville-West always wanted to find a turquoise flower. Maybe that quest inspired all of this gorgeous turquioise-jade foliage?
And here’s the longer view, looking from the cottage. You can see the pleached limes just peeping over the hedge.
Do you want to cool down now? Let’s go to the nuttery. All is calm here. There are beautiful carpets of my favourite fern, Onoclea sensibilis (the sensitive fern) and the taller uncurling fronds of Matteucuccia struthiopteris. The white trilliums were also looking lovely.
If we just take a turn on the lovely bark-mulch path here…
In my previous post, Sissinghurst at the start of the season, there was some serious planting going on. Here you can see the new planting on the left, with the established planting on the right.
I love the pops of blue on the left-hand side, and would love to tell you that I made sure to identify the plant. Sadly this would be a great big lie, because I didn’t. I drew Stevie’s attention once again to the path. This is my path material of choice.
The White Garden
I have always struggled a bit with the white garden (or Grey, Green and White Garden, to give it Vita’s name). Today it was a joy. The ivory tulips mixed in with the white gave it a little zing. So it was the Grey, Green, White and a touch of Ivory Garden.
This is an exciting bit (for me). Stevie drew attention to the metal arbour, supporting Rosa mulliganii, wondering if we need some sort of structure for our somewhere-in-the-pipeline patio extension. I looked thoughtful and agreed that a little bit of shade would be welcome (calculating how many of my wish-list climbing roses could clothe such a structure).
It was pretty nippy out, I can tell you. At this point the girls had climbed the tower twice, trying to locate my missing dad (he did turn up eventually), and we were ready for some warmth and refreshment. So I will leave it there for now, but do come back for the irises and peonies in a couple of weeks!