Cindy Strickland has shared on the GPOD before (Gardening for a Friend), and today she’s taking us along to visit a beautiful English garden.
Smallhythe Place in Southeast England was once owned by Dame Alice Ellen Terry, a famous English actress of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The property includes an early 16th-century house and gardens.
I thought it was worth a visit to Smallhythe, since I was in the area to see the gardens at Sissinghurst and at Great Dixter. I was not disappointed!
I wanted to share a few photos taken on May 28, 2023. They are mainly of the roses close to the house and of the cottage-style rose garden. Many of the rose plants were just starting to bloom. In one of the photos, you may be able to see how the canes were wired to the house in places.
In the enclosed cottage garden, the grass paths divide the garden into four rectangular areas. The brick path went all the way around the outer edges. The edges of the planted areas looked sharply defined and freshly dug. I am fond of spade-edged beds in my gardens. The allium was abundant and the roses had some open flowers but many unopened buds. Flawless purple lupins grew just outside of the cottage garden.
It was a beautiful and relaxing place to visit!
The white alliums in the cottage garden are in peak bloom.
Lupins (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 3–7) outside of the cottage garden
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