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My morning part one:


By drc726


Spent the morning at Sarah Raven’s farmhouse garden she lives here and at Sissinghurst Castle. This garden was quite small and delightful little corners that looked as if the gardener had just gone to tea (Unlike Herstmonceux Castle which felt in parts as if the garden had gone to lunch a week ago and failed to come back).
I especially liked her ‘Bold and Brilliant garden which she designed to “enclose and stimulate and not to sit in peaceful reverie”. I certainly felt enclosed but in such a way I just wanted to sit and breathe it all in, that must be why there is no seating in it.
The different materials of raised vegetable beds were fascinating as were the different materials of the arches, and the use of very large pots with their plantings some just standing empty which looked right to. The shop was very much just her on line merchandise and disappointingly virtually no plants just Chrysanthemums and tall ferns. So unusually for me I bought no plants. I hardly dare go home!

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Never mind ~ next time you purchase plants, you'll have an excuse to buy extra ~ because you bought none today..Lol.

29 Aug, 2009


Your so right.

29 Aug, 2009


For me Sarah Raven is a bit like marmite, but I would love to see her garden.
She made some wonderful hazel arches to grow sweet peas up, which was featured in a Sunday paper some while ago. I wonder if they were still there?

29 Aug, 2009


I know what you mean! She was there this afternoon signing her books. That's why I went this morning as I think her flower books are very coffee table and not my cup of tea.
The hazel arches are very impressive and the sweet pea one was still in flower. She also had hazel arches the size of a car tyre to grow some plants over which I thought were lovely. It has the most stunning views all the way round the property.

29 Aug, 2009


She's not my cup of tea, let alone her books. She seems to me to be a jack of all trades, master of none! Spreads herself too thin over too many ventures.
Historian, Doctor, Florist, Gardener, Cook - are her talents never-ending? I've just read an excruciatingly funny review of BBC4's programmes on Sissinghurst - it's at :,opinion,tension-at-sissinghurst-as-poirot-meets-river-cottage-,2
Do read it, I just couldn't stop laughing.

30 Aug, 2009


Yes we saw the programme and I have just read the firstpost! It made me laugh especially having seen the programme. I thought it was just us but no one seems to take to her. When will the bubble burst? Its certainly the first garden I've visited without buying anything. I liked the planting etc but its easy if you have the staff but not as much satisfaction?

30 Aug, 2009


I've just read the review...
...thanks for that, Wagger... very funny. :o)

30 Aug, 2009


You seem to have enjoyed yourself even though you didn't buy any plants. I didn't know such a thing was possible lol

31 Aug, 2009


Neither did I Hywel, yes it was a nice morning. I love other peoples gardens I get a kick if they are growing what I am growing. Picking up ideas such as the 1/2 arches of birch about 18" high for plants to scramble over.

31 Aug, 2009

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