I had to have a wander this week around the nearby gardens of Gravetye Manor in Sussex. It’s nearby and an ideal sanctuary, I mean garden, to see what’s blooming in June. Actually I lie, I went there twice this week – once to visit the walled kitchen garden and the second time the flower gardens around the country house. Today I’ll give you a photo tour of the Flower Garden and the Little Garden.
Although it’s a hotel, and there were guests seated at tables outdoors, I can lose myself amongst the flowers. Originally designed by William Robinson (1838-1935), its flower beds are a mixture of cultivated, wild, exotic and native flowers now overseen by the Head Gardener Tom Coward. Do have a peek at an earlier post giving some history of these gardens.
I imagine I’ve walked through a magical door and come out alone into its gardens. The scent of roses and honeysuckle drifts along with me as I past its sixteenth century walls in the sheltered Little Garden.Peonies swell in glee that it’s early summer and add an air of romance to the Flower Garden behind Gravetye Manor. I notice all the purple, reds, burgundies and orange hued flowers standing gloriously in the flowerbeds. Lupins, poppies and aliums do like our English gardens in June.Fish dart underneath water lillies in a decorative pond. At the back of the garden is a path lined with fluttering curtains of white wisteria.
I’ll be back soon as I want to explore more of Gravetye Manor’s gardens – such as the orchard, the wild meadow, the East Garden and the Wild Garden. And finally here’s a glimpse of the lavendar and pink geranium growing behind the wisteria path. The gardens at Gravetye Manor are open to visitors on Tuesdays and Fridays – or all the time to guests at the hotel. To see more June floral beauties, have a look at some of the posts linked up to Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow?
11 thoughts on “Gravetye Manor gardens in June”
What absolutely beautiful gardens. I can see why they open them to visitors in the week otherwise they would have people trying to sneak in!
I’moping to have afternoon tea there soon just so I can in the garden and enjoy.
Beautiful garden and stunning photos, thanks for the tour!
Oh my Kriss it’s so beautiful there! We NEEEEEED to sort a date out as I need this place in my life I do I do I do!!!!
I especially love the poppies and honeysuckle. I can see how you can spend so much time there – dreamy!
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy BritMums lovely, sorry I can’t be there, I have the kids this weekend so family time only for me. Thanks for joining in again x
Definitely we’ll sort out a date! Recently had drinks in the garden in the evening and it was so gorgeous.
Well I was jealous of you having this garden on your doorstep when you first wrote about it, but now I’m completely green with envy – it’s just beautiful. Those peonies! I’d be there as often as I could if I lived nearby – enjoy 🙂
Wowzers, what a fantastic garden! Love the wildness, especially those poppies. Fewer things are more beautiful than their floppy red petals. Honeysuckle is a beautiful smell – I got a whiff of it yesterday whilst gardening and I realised one was growing on the other side of the fence in my neighbours garden.
How lovely… such a variety of beautiful flowers. I bet you can’t wait to go back.
such a lovely description of the wisteria like fluffy curtains
Oh these gardens are stunning, and steeped in so much history. It looks like a beautiful place to spend some time, not at all surprised your are able to lose yourself among the flowers.
Wisteria and aquilegia are 2 of my favourite flowers. I’m in envy of those peonies, mine are only just showing the tight flower bud!
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