A couple of days ago I reported on Great Comp, the first garden visited on a tour of seven gardens. After Great Comp, our next stop that day (June 26, 2016) was Lullingstone, also in Kent. It was so entirely different from the first garden that I've put it into this separate report.
Lullingstone has a castle and The World Garden of Plants which features varieties from all over the world arranged on a map of the world. The map can't really be seen because of the vegetation and to truly be effective as a learning tool, the garden needs more maintenance. After Great Comp I was ready for more landscaping, plus it was a hot day. So, I admit I skipped areas that didn't interest me and focused on what I found appealing. That said, Lullingstone is a labor of love and shouldn't be missed by any plant lover. Further reading: www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk/thegarden.html and www.aboutbritain.com/LullingstoneCastle.htm
This area of Kent had suffered heavy rains and flooding. This water was frothing and roaring as we picked our way to the property. Once there though, tranquility reigned ~
Thank you so much, NYCGirl! Really, the garden itself lacked beauty because it seemed pretty formless. There was a lone gardener there trying to rip and prune and uncover paths and smothered plants, but it was a daunting task. But what was in the garden was thrilling in variety and beauty, also impressive considering the amount of rain the area had received.
Thanks, Mossie -- I love getting your encouragement on my pictures. You are right that mothers-in-law generally get a bad rap and so many of them are indeed lovely people who are appreciated by their sons- or daughters-in-law. Still, the plant names can be funny, as is this hit from youth: redmp3.su/2976884/ernie-k-doe-mother-in-law.html
Mothers-in-law do indeed get a bad rap. (Incidentally, my mother-in-law loves to read my threads here, whereas my own mother has been nothing but disdainful on the rare occasions that I tried to share one with her.)
Hello to your nice mother-in-law, NYCGirl! My mother, usually too impatient to fool with anything the least bit technological, actually posted as a guest in my Good Friday thread this year. It was a huge thrill for me.
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