Happy April everyone! I hope the weather is being good to you. Sizergh is a place I've longed to visit again for a while. Look at this lucky little garden cat communing with the flower beds!
Oh, to live here, as a cat! It must love it with all of the space, wild creatures and visitors giving it attention. I put off coming here through the winter, as many sections of the gardens would have been closed off to visitors, especially due to the great floods we had back in December.
The grounds are very romantic and peaceful with the great lily pond filled with koi fish, a kitchen garden, a topiary/Dutch garden and much more, all framing the castle with its traditional turrets. There is very much a Victorian feeling about it with the new fern garden feature being built and this rock garden reminds me of Ophelia's story with all of the ponds, brooks and water features running together. Sadly it was a little early to see the plants in full bloom but I would love to go back come rose season and bask in their sweet smelling fragrance.
It reminds me of the setting to Sir John Everett Millais' Ophelia and its inspired passage:
"There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook"
"Her clothes spread wide,
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes...
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay" - Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV
Bless'd little mog in his fruit groves! An unusual feature in the gardens is that, instead of the usual string/twine, willow branches and saplings have been used in the kitchen garden to tie up the runner bean poles and woven in to fences for decoration.
The daffodils, at the height of their bloom, took centre stage for our visit, overlooking the lake below. This little seat on the hill, below, is so sweet! You get a perfect view of the lake and daffodils, and this is also known as the wild flower bank, that will bloom all different colours come summer. At the moment it contains the purest, prettiest whites and yellows. We were entertained by the visit of a curious chicken, who had escaped from its pen nearby!
Next to this is a little lunch area with picnic tables, joined on to the orchard, with its beehives and little hen keep. I will definitely keep posting pictures of our little trip at a later date, as I cannot fit them all below! I would love to arrange to spend the whole day here come summer, when perhaps the lake will be open, as will the Dutch garden - with all of the flowers in bloom!
Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate them!! It's so kind leaving me something to read and they really make my day ♡ I have been a little behind on replies lately but I will catch up and visit back as soon as I can. What have you been up to lately?