Of course, as soon as I finish one garden tour, I’m planning the next. While the working title of this trip was affectionately named “Chasing Tulips,” it soon become apparent as I visited the first garden that it truly captured what was to be six glorious days in Sussex and Surrey (my traveling companion, Ruthie Watts, found this full title “a charming bit of alliteration”).
From Arundel Castle to Gravetye Manor, tulips are truly the stars of the late April English gardens. And, when you’re venturing to estates that might have 10 to 25 acres of planted areas, you have a treasure trove of inspiring ways to design with tulips.
So here are some high notes we enjoyed, to be explored more in-depth in upcoming posts.
And, a salute to King Charles on his coronation this Saturday.
9 thoughts on “Chasing Tulips in Sussex and Surrey, Part I”
How nice of you to take us all along on your beautiful gardens journey. Wonderful photos.Thank you for sharing the beauty,
And, a “Salute” to you for this lovely way to”start the day!!!” Tantalizing!! franki
As I sit here in Heathrow waiting for the plane, I am going through my pictures then looking at this blog and thinking- where and how did Bettie get that fabulous shot- weren’t we walking down the same paths? Your eye for framing perfection is extraordinary, Bettie, extraordinary. What a divine trip- I would go with you anywhere!
Stunning tulips! The ones at Hever Castle are magnificent too.
NOW IN MY LATE SEVENTIES … WITH ALL THE APPROPRIATE ACHES AND PAINS, I REMEMBER A QUOTE FROM MY CARTOON YOUTH.
MS. OLIVE OIL – TO ‘POPEYE’ … HAVING BEEN SAVED FROM THE BRUTE … ‘BRUNO’
… THE COUPLE, SITTING IN A GARDEN BEYOND COMPARE, SHE GUSHES …
OH POPEYE, AIN’T NATURE GRAND! (I CONCOUR)
I loved Holland in 2014, but I find your photos to be even more charming and compelling than my memories from that trip. Might you summarize your itinerary for us to duplicate? Photos #2 and #14 were my absolute favorites. Thanks again, Bettie!
Glancing over the garden walls,
Seeing Gods rainbow of flowers,
Tulips ???? reaching the blue sky above,
Numerous tulip beds not to be missed,
Insisting their beauty was on a list!
With varieties from the slopes
Of the British Isles- Goring by Sea????
To Newport’s Navy Shore Beach, ????
Welcome Bettie’s distant reach. ✈️
Bravo!!! Prose and praise are always welcome. xB
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