|An Overview of Some of the Garden Spaces of Sissinghurst!|
|Part of the Castle!|
|The Elizabethan Tower Where Vita Sackville West Did Her Writing!|
|A Very Traditional Herb Garden!|
|The Chamomile Bench|
|Monique Describing The Work Being Done to Restore the Lion Pond!|
I met Monique who said that she had to keep working and that she had a couple of meetings at the end of the day. She would be able to show me around close to 5:00 PM. So I decided to have lunch because the National Trust runs Sissinghurst Castle and they have a very nice restaurant there. Then I bought my ticket and got to the Elizabethan Tower before it really started to rain again. The tower has a beautiful library/writing space where Vita wrote many articles and books on all sorts of topics, including gardening. I have two of her books, A Joy of Gardening, A Selection for Americans and In Your Garden taken from articles written for The Observer, a newspaper which still exists today. At the very top was an observation deck which I waited until the rain passed by to get photos. What I loved about Vita Sackville-West was that she needed to have an herb garden and a very traditional one at that, but she used herbs more in decorations and potpourri than in cooking. Her cook did have herbs for cooking near the kitchen, but the formal herb garden was away from the castle and sheltered by a hedge from the winds. There is no better garden to understand garden rooms and space in the garden than at Sissinghurst Castle.
So when Monique did join me she told me about the work she was doing as a landscape architect in restoring the gardens to a specific time frame and how she came to Sissinghurst Castle with her son on holiday, then applied for a job and has been able to continue to work despite lack of funding for her position. Such an interesting life she has. We have made plans to get together again in 2017. This is just the tip of the iceberg, I'll have more photos tomorrow.
A beautiful day in the herb garden today. The Herbal Husband was watering because we are in need of rain. I picked more raspberries and will be setting up another batch tonight to make tomorrow. I think after the jam is made tomorrow we will be working on getting the weeds out of the front garden and maybe planting some more plants. Always something to plant! Hope you had a great day. I will talk to you tomorrow!