I heard about the white garden at Sissinghurst Castle many years ago when I was active in the local horticultural society. Members would make pilgrimages to gardens far afield then return with carousels full of slides and guide a captive audience through their journey abroad. It was so easy sitting back in my chair for a few hours and dreaming that I was walking through those lavish gardens myself.
Stephanie Barron has written a book titled "The White Garden"
a mystery richly steeped in history and Sissinghurst Castle is the backdrop for the novel.
Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West are characters in this story...I must try and get my hands on it!
Pure white blooms are so elegant.
Radiant brides of the garden.
Strolling in the garden after dark, lit only by the moon and the stars, white blooms glow.
Often when sending flowers I choose all white bouquets as they suit any decor.
Sympathy bouquets in white seem appropriately serene and peaceful.
Climbing Iceberg roses
with Lady's Mantle
a frilly filler
I bought this vintage crystal vase years ago in a local antique shop.
It has a few minor chips on the rim so I arrange the flowers carefully to conceal these imperfections
it has a slight yellow tinge which I think gives it character.
It is very heavy with a sturdy base
so it can handle a lot of flowers without the danger of tipping over.
On an a Arts and Crafts plant stand
in a corner of the dining room
a white orchid
in a Weller jardinere
a taller Weller vase
a Bretby 3 handled vase
pink tinges the scalloped edges of the rose petals
a day or two in the hot sun fades this pretty pink
This rose reminds me of Sally Holmes
she was a vigorous creamy rose that I received on the occasion of my 40th birthday from dear friends
sadly she got hit hard by the frost this past winter and died
she is missed
I think of her every time I go out on the front porch as she climbed up one of the pillars
put on a dazzling display.
What flowers do you love?
Are you particularly fond of a certain shade or do you like to mix things up?
Have you made a pilgrimage to any fabulous gardens far afield?
Hope that your Wednesday is wonderful!