My daughter had a week off school with a sickness bug. By Friday she had managed to start eating and was on her feet again. The sun was shining. It was time to get out.
We live a fifteen minute drive away from Sissinghurst. It seemed the perfect restorative outing. A half-hour wander around the garden, followed by a cup of tea in the café.
At the entrance to the garden, there is always a little selection of stems of what is looking good right now. Today it was rosehips and Berberis berries and hot-pink-and-orange Euonymus. Glorious pops of colour to wake us up!
The stone troughs come into their own at this time of year. They are at the perfect height to appreciate smaller plants and flowers. Like the delicate stems of salvia.
I have developed a fondness for ‘looking through’ (discovered at The Salutation in the summer). This combination of salvia and verbena, raised up in a pot, is perfect for looking through.
The rose garden is still enticing in the middle of October.
There are clouds of Japanese anemones catching the light.
Verbena rigida is perfect for lining the narrow dry beds alongside the path.
I love the beatific presence of this white borage.
This salvia is another gentle light.
And I completely fell in love with this. I love the pink halo, with its hint of feathering. Does anyone recognise it?
The Cottage Garden is still looking radiant, in its glowing autumn colours.
There were some beautiful velvety textures with the ‘Dusky Maiden’ rose.
We warmed ourselves by the euonymus.
I knew my daughter was recovering because she went off to forage a couple of apples that had been missed at harvest time. She is the squirrel of our family and always manages to find what’s delicious. We ate our scrumped apples under this glorious crabapple.
Then we meandered back up to the top courtyard to indulge ourselves with purple.
To calm ourselves with pelargoniums and salvia,
At this point we bumped into my mum. She volunteers at Sissinghurst. She noted that the patient had apples in her cheeks again.
It was time for a restorative pot of tea and buttered scone.
Do you have a favourite place to restore your body and mind?
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