Sunday, June 15, 2008

The White Garden

There are two garden tours going on this with Deena at Sweet Annee and the other by The Preacher's Wife. Welcome all!

White Garden at Sissinghurst

White is the absence of color and in the garden it makes all the other colors sparkle. It lights up shady spots. It shines on a moonlit night. It is the fragrant Magnolia, Gardenia, and Jasmine. It is the spectacular Angel Trumpet. It is the demure Stephanotis. It makes the hottest summer day feel cool. Magnolia D.D. Blanchard with lemon scented blooms.
Confederate Jasmine tumbling over a pergola.
Crape Myrtle Natchez with it's long lasting honey-scented blooms.
Oak Leaf Hydrangea thriving under an oak tree.

The White Garden at Sissinghurst evolved over the twentieth century to become the epitome of the word. Begun in 1930 by Vita Sackville-West and inspired by Gertrude Jekyll, it was open to the public in 1938 but continued to develop until 1950. Sissinghurst is now a National Trust property and is the most visited garden in England. It has always included greys and silvers as well as white to accomplish it's cool look.
Arbor at Sissinghurst
The arbors were erected in 1970 to replace the original Almond trees where white roses climbed. The roses were so vigorous that they did the trees in. The Chinese jar in the middle was placed in 1937 after being brought back from Egypt. It's a seventeenth century cargo jar from a trading ship.

Now back to Florida...... here are pictures from the day lots of peacocks visited our backyard. They were having their own garden party.
A good shady spot.
Glory Bower blooming under a Live Oak tree. I love the name as much as the flowers.
This container changes every year because it starts with baby plants that outgrow it and have to be moved into the garden. This years crop-Angel Trumpet, Coral Bells, Knockout Rose and some other things.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please be sure and give a little wave on the comments page. It's been lots of fun visiting all your gardens and seeing how creative you all are. Have a wonderful summer!


Lori said...

isn't THAT lovely!!! that stone wall is just gorgeous too:)

andi said...

Now this is relaxing. Thanks for sharing this with us! It is breathtaking. I am totally having garden envy. One day......
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have enjoyed yours!

Tonja said...

Last year I planted all white flowers. My gardening is container gardening mostly on my deck. But, it was so beautiful! There is just something about the various shades of green with white flowers.
Loved the pics!

Thanks for visiting my friend and welcoming her to Blogland. I appreciate you taking the time!



Donna O. said...

White gardens- my favorite!!!

Jen said...

I absolutely LOVE your WHITE garden :) I have a small white garden and i have enjoyed it so far. I put it in last summer. What all do you have in your white garden? Thanks for letting me walk through your garden! Stop by and visit me sometime! Jen

Sandra Evertson said...

So so Beautiful and peaceful your white garden is!
Sandra Evertson

SweetAnnee said...

What a lovely garden and
Oh the peacocks are AWESOME!!

Sandi McBride said...

What beautiful pictures Holley...I love the White's gorgeous...and I love peacocks and peahens...though their cries are rather shrill lol!

NeereAnDear said...

I really like all the white... something I never thought of before...

The statuary and benches all make it a cozy place to sit and realax

Thanks for a lovely time

Do stop by for a visit


Jann said...

Loved the info and photos of the White Garden. Very interesting and beautiful. Loved your yard and flowers as well, especially those peacocks! Thanks for the visit. ~Jann

Lynn said...

The garden pictures are gorgeous -- both your garden and the other gardens. Thank you for the lovely tour!