Monday, 11 April 2011

Sissinghurst Castle Plant Fair-Friday 15th.April.

On Friday 15th we will be at the Sissinghurst Castle Plant Fair, on the Green in front of the Castle. On a warm day, a very pleasant spot under the whispering poplar trees. Yesterday we spent the afternoon in the walled garden at Belmont on the North Downs, with the Kent Group of the Hardy Plants Society. The public didn’t really throng through the gates, but a steady stream enjoyed the varied plants available. There are certainly worse ways of spending a sunny Sunday afternoon! As well as selling a reasonable number of plants, we bought a couple of interesting violets-V.soraria ‘Alice Witter’ and ‘Rubra’ from the neighbouring stall: Forget Me Not Plants from Sussex.
The bluebells are flowering well, especially in the Ash Poles that were coppiced about 15 years ago. The wonderful, indescribable (and non photographable!) blue haze is occasionally accented by the somewhat carnal flowerspikes of the early purple orchids that seem to be increasing in number. Sitting in a ditch,sorting out an electric fence, I was delighted to see and hear a Willow Tit (OK, it could have been a Marsh Tit!),singing an incredibly liquid song in the branches of a hornbeam, only a few feet from my head.
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