Chalk cliffs define the coastline of East Sussex, where fossils from the Jurassic period are regularly revealed on the beaches, not least at Beachy Head, site of one of the country’s most famous lighthouses. Inland, the South Downs, rolling chalk hills bounded to the north by a dramatic escarpment, stretch for roughly 70 miles.
In East Sussex, the Downs have offered inspiration to countless artists. Painter Eric Ravilious captured their bright light and gentle undulations in watercolours such as Cuckmere Haven, depicting the meandering path of the River Cuckmere. Near Firle, the Bloomsbury Group summered at Charleston House, famed for its experimental interiors and garden. Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived nearby at Monk’s House, now a National Trust property.
Pretty towns and villages abound: start at Lewes, where a Norman castle dominates. Nearby is Alfriston, with its charming village green and 14th-century church. Outside it is Follers Manor, the exuberant garden of Ann and Geoff Shaw. The ancient town of Rye provided the setting for EF Benson’s 1931 comic novels Mapp and Lucia, and on its outskirts at Northiam is the famous Great Dixter, where Christopher Lloyd pioneered extraordinary planting arrangements.
Dixter is a gorgeous, highly maintained garden, developed by Christopher Lloyd around a house designed by Lutyens. Full of wonderful surprises, mixed borders and a mishmash of complementing and clashing colours, it’s developed under head gardener Fergus Garrett into an astonishingly rich site for garden biodiversity. It’s a must-see for any gardener in East Sussex.
Near Ticehurst, Pashley Manor is filled with tulips in spring, roses in summer and a colourful display of dahlias in late summer and early autumn. In
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There are many mint varieties famous for their refreshing taste. These different Types of Mint offer a diverse range of flavors and scents, making them a fascinating subject of exploration. In this article, you will delve into the captivating world of many forms of this amazing herb.
Multiseason Garden Bed with Hesse Cotoneaster Get fall garden interest that lasts into winter with this easy-care plant combination featuring a Hesse cotoneaster shrub. Fall into winter with multiseason plants
Trugs are a must-have garden accessory, combining practical utility and ornamental value. They can used for collecting cut flowers and plant cuttings, as well as for harvesting your homegrown fruit, veg and culinary herbs. Plus, they can be used to create indoor displays and they make wonderful gardening gifts.
Today we’re visiting with Rachel, a gardener and artist living in Elgin, Illinois (Zone 5b). She moved in 2022 to 1.5 acres and is in the process of designing and planting a fabulous front garden. She’s also diving into forest restoration for the back half-acre—making it beautiful for wildlife and her kiddos.
A few weeks ago, frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took us along on her visit to Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington (GPOD on the Road: Bellevue Botanical Garden) but she sent too many photos to share that day, so we’re going back today to see some more of the beautiful images of this inspiring public garden.
Several times a year a visitor to our garden is shocked to find a rogue steak knife pierced downward in one of the beds, as if it were an escapee from our kitchen knife block. I’m always quick to tell them that it’s indeed where I meant to place it, and that I haven’t found any tool as great as a serrated knife when it comes to removing grass or root systems. It’s perfect for edging small areas or pulling up entire sheets of grass; all I have to do is start on one side and pull up as I carefully saw back and forth. It can be a cheap purchase from a thrift store—or in my case, the way I finally convinced my husband that we needed a new set of kitchen knives.
Moss campion plant (Silene acaulis) is a rock garden plant native to the Arctic tundra and high mountains of Europe and North America. In the U.S., it is confined to the Western mountains and New England, particularly Maine and New Hampshire. Its mat-forming, evergreen foliage is found tucked away in elevations too high for trees to grow, with harsh winters and short summers. While it cannot survive in the shade, it prefers moist soil.
It was in The Pickwick Papers that Dickens wrote the often quoted line: “Kent, sir. Everybody knows Kent – apples, cherries, hops, and women.” The county is still referred to as the Garden of England, even though the amount of fruit traditionally farmed there has declined over the decades. Perhaps it’s still used so widely because some of the country’s most celebrated properties and gardens are to be found in Kent.
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