Now that March is here, I have been dreaming about how my garden will look in the spring and summer seasons. And it's time to order new plants. I have been looking at all kinds of inspiring gardens for ideas. But perhaps the most exquisite and inspiring gardens I have ever seen were those I saw on my Garden Conservancy trip to England last summer. We toured the Cotswolds and recently I looked at my pictures from the trip. Nothing beats the English countryside in the month of June for sheer gorgeousness!
First we went to Kent to visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Is there any more iconic garden image from England than roses climbing on a brick wall?
This is from Sissinghurst Garden where Vita Sackville-West lived
The white garden at Sissinghurst
Tower at Sissinghurst where Vita Sackville-West wrote
Garden in the Cotswolds
Hidcote Manor Garden
Pastoral scene from the Cotswolds
Another incredible garden on our tour
How serene and inviting does this look!
Gorgeous garden ornaments were in abundance
These garden supports were all over the English countryside
Garden support as the focus of a small hedged garden area
Stately wall plaque and fountain
Fort Belvedere, the home of King Edward VIII, where he abdicated the throne in 1936
After I returned from this amazing garden tour of England last summer, I was inspired by so many of these English garden images. I planted David Austin roses in my garden in the front of the house, filled the parterres in the back garden with more flowers, and added special garden ornaments everywhere. And I was so happy that the climbing roses and vines were getting mature. Can't wait to plant for the next glorious summer season.