Wednesday, 23 April 2014



Happy Wednesday everyone!
Readers who have been following my blog for some time will know that I started a small 'Garden Club' last year….nothing too serious, but a fun periodic get together during the better weather amongst some keen gardening girlfriends.  A chance to see each others' gardens, share ideas and plants, occasionally visit larger well known gardens open to the public or for charity,  and of course, have lunch or coffee and a break from our busy lives and have a good chat!  I have featured the gardens of one or two of these girlfriends in the past, and I would like to share another with you today…. a very special garden with a very special view!  

Sarah whose garden this is in Sussex, very kindly allowed me to take some snaps with my phone the other afternoon when we were all given an enjoyable and inspiring tour of her garden in the early summer sunshine before lunch. 

Surrounding the beautiful Sussex farmhouse, lies the garden that Sarah and her husband have cultivated over the last twenty or so years, while bringing up their family. 

A series of interesting, different areas unfolding….some walled and others enclosed with mature yew.

I particularly loved this stunning rose arbour walkway lined with cream tulips, with its beautiful herringbone pathway….

 As you walk across the main lawn behind the house, a spectacular surprise lies in store….

Quite breathtaking….

Not everyone has a spectacular 14th Century moated castle at the bottom of their garden!  Imagine waking to this view each morning?

 Bodiam Castle, a treasured historical monument in the care of the National Trust….nestled in its quiet valley adjacent to the River Rother, and looking particularly striking surrounded by the rapeseed fields in full bloom at this time of year. 

When we could tear ourselves away from this wonderful vista, our tour took us in to a very pretty vegetable garden…laid out symmetrically and beautifully planned.  Broadbeans, rhubarb and herbs among a variety of healthy, tasty crops coming along nicely.

A beautiful old greenhouse has been restored, with new seedlings thriving within, along with a stunning collection of Pellargoniums on attractive white painted wooden staging.

Around a corner lead us to another fabulous surprise…..a very striking stainless steel obelisk rising out of the rectangular formal pond…a stunning piece, designed and created by Sarah's artistic husband.

A sheltered seating area by the back door…surrounded by tubs of tulips and hostas…perfect for a morning cup of coffee.

Beautiful pleached hedging,  shielding the driveway and leading the eye towards the pretty outbuildings.

Trellis and statuary offsetting the mellow brick walls and tile hanging of the house...

A much loved and cared for garden, in the most wonderful setting….

Thank you so much Sarah, for sharing your beautiful, inspiring garden with us!


I look forward to sharing more friends' lovely gardens with you soon….

Have a great day!

Sophia xx


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, and what a view! X

  2. Hi Sophia,
    Wow!! What a beautiful garden complete with stunning view.
    Thanks to you (and Sarah) for sharing.
    Have a lovely day,
    Liz x

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