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Friday, May 30, 2014

Sissinghurst Garden Pictures. Part 6: Lime Walk, Nuttery, Orchard.

These three areas of Sissinghurst Garden are very different from the parts of the garden shown in previous posts.

The Lime Walk looks formal, especially now in May, after many flowers have bloomed.
April photographs by Dave Parker with a lot of blooms can be seen here Sissingurst - Lime Walk.
'The Spring Garden' is another name for it.
After the bulbs ( hyacinths, tulips, fritillaries, etc) finish blooming, the flowers in pots add color to this area.
The pots were delivered from Tuscany in 1965.

The Lime Walk, planted in 1932, was the favorite project of Harold Nicholson.
He designed and planted it alone, unlike other parts of the garden which were created together with Vita.
A very interesting post about the Lime Walk is here: The Lime Walk: April 2013
If you want to see a picture 'The creation of the central path in the Lime Walk', this is the link to  the Sissinghurst blog.

The trees are pleached.

This type of lime trees is different from the ones planted by Nicholson.
This one is Tilia platyphyllos 'Rubra.
Pavers were laid in 1970.

Behind the hornbeam hedge (which is trimmed twice a year):

 In the next picture, the Lime Walk is seen behind the Cottage Garden, in the upper right corner.

Behind the Azalea Bank is the Nuttery.
It was already in Sissinghurst when Vita and Harold bought it.
Actually, it was one of the things that helped them to make their decision about the purchase.
Harold wrote in his diary in April 1930 that they came suddenly upon the nutwalk, and that settled it.
Shade loving woodland plants are abandunt beneath coppiced Hazel corylus avellana trees.
In the Sussinghurst blog, there is a very interesting  article The History of the Nuttery that gives not only the historic view but also includes the names of the plants.

The trees are coppiced hazelnuts (Kentish cobnuts).
A single tree that has not been coppiced can live for 60 years.
But, the coppiced tree lives up to 500 years! (See article about coppicing)

The statue of Dionysus, the Greek god

Next, there are several pictures of the Orchard which is pretty big as you can see on the map:

Again, I am including a link to the Sissinghurst blog with interesting facts about the Orchard.
Unfortunately, their pictures don't show for some reason, but here are plenty of my pictures:

The Orchard already was there when Vita and Harold bought Sissinghurst.
They agreed to keep it wild.
Vita underplanted the old apple trees with roses.
Bulbs, including  a variety of daffodils, were planted in drifts. Grass was mowed to create winding paths.

In the Orchard, there is a medieval well, Greek altar, Dovecote and  the grave of Vita's elkhound.

 Philadelphus delavayi

In the next post, there will be pictures of the Herb Garden and the Sunken Garden.
I want to thank all of you who took time to write comments here or on my facebook page about my Sissinghurst Garden posts. I apologize again for not commenting currently on your blogs. I try to concentrate on publishing the pictures as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. Hi Tatyana! I've never seen these parts of the garden in such detail. What a treat! Thank you!

  2. Betty from OregonMay 31, 2014

    Thank you for sharing! Each garden has its own character. We visited two years ago. Lovely!

    1. Hi Betty! Do you think you'll go back? I think I will.

  3. What an amazing place I hope to visit one day...your photos are so incredible I feel like I am there rain and all.

    1. Donna, thank you! I hope to see your pictures of Sissinghurst one day!

  4. Tatanya, I may never get there but this has been a great trip including the blogs about the property.


    1. Eileen, I'm so happy you like the pictures! And, I hope you can visit it!

  5. I wish I could go there right now! Thank you!

  6. Beautiful! I love how the gardens have both formal and informal elements. They are juxtaposed so well. It looks like an incredible place to visit!


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