Posted: 23/01/2016 at 15:20
Love the smell of hyacinths Panda
Yvie - Sissinghurst is a great garden - you will enjoy it - but try to get there early before the big coach parties arrive especially at weekends - it can get so busy they start doing timed entries. Arriving for when the gates open is good.
How much you see of the real glories of planting at Sissinghurst will depend so much on what sort of spring we have. I went in mid May one cooler year and it was a definite lull - spring bedding & bulbs were over and summer stuff was not yet out. Quite a few empty borders or borders full of bulbs dying back.
Another year it was very early June after a very mild spring and the roses were in their full magnificent first flush - fabulous. Have also been late June & July - glorious but very very busy.
If you're looking for other gardens in the area, the Yellow Book is online these days so you might find something there that coincides with your dates. Enjoy
Didn't mean to make you envious Dove! - have been trying to decide how to resolve several problems in the garden for ages and have been saving the pennies to get it done properly for the last couple of years. Will be lovely to not have slippery paths and muddy grass directly outside the french windows (joys of a north facing garden!) and to not have to negotiate the trip hazard that is the paths to both front and back door.
OH has just been called in to work for a couple of days and now won't be home for dinner for 4 nights . I like to plan my menus out for about 5 days at a time but, over the years, have learnt to buy stuff that I can freeze in some form or another when things don't work out.
Quite a lot of fresh veggies in the fridge at the moment though - so I will be eating very healthily for the next couple of nights