On Friday I walked down the lane behind a middle –aged couple holding hands and was reminded of when MTL and I first came to see the house. There was the same hush – almost reverent, broken only by the rustle of the leaves of the giant Ilex. Nothing much has changed in 25 years.
After a disappointing experience I vowed never to send for plants by post again but Karen persuaded me to give Sarah Raven a chance. She has a great background - married to Vita Sackville West’s grandson and actually living at Sissinghurst which houses one of my favourite gardens.
I started with dahlias – her catalogue has the most seductive photographs, then moved on to pot plants and then chrysanthemums. Her instructions are clear and concise and make one feel a proper gardener as the little plug plants burgeon into gorgeous blooms. I love that there is always something to look forward to and must now decide what next. See some of this week’s stars below.