Sissinghurst on Leap Day

The last day of February brings more squalls from the west with intervals of piercing blue sky and pristine spring sunshine. The castle garden is subdued with the plants starting to grow but needing a run of warmer, gentler days; white magnolias are bursting; the crocus, iris, squill and summer snowflake are out; and a few daffoldils light up some quiet corners, but the blustery and sodden winter still seems to be in charge.

The paths are wet and puddled making novel shapes especially where the low sun reflects off them. The old walls and high yew hedges do not provide much shelter and the wind flies through the old archways; it is not a day to linger.

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