Sissinghurst’s Rite of Spring

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The gardeners continue to create colour wheel harmonies; bright and gaudy; cool and relaxed; the garden compartments have diverse compositions.  The spring bulbs, like brass, shout the loudest with purple and red fanfares everywhere. More muted arrangements in spring greens and whites are often simpler tunes in minor keys.

All the many troughs, large and small, have been planted up against a backdrop of red brick, dark green hedge of yew or spring green of hornbeam, like pictures at an exhibition.

The planting is often delicate and intimate but at times vibrant, sudden and overpowering.  An English garden of enigmatic variations.

Sissinghurst spring 17 7

Clematis montana escaping over the wall

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