Happy New Year: Great Gardens

One of the magnets on my fridge quotes Cicero “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” – a sentiment with which I concur most heartily. And so, today, to start the new year I’m bringing you photos of a couple of renowned world gardens: Sissinghurst in the Autumn and Giverny in the Spring.


Sissinghurst in Autumn is more austere but still beautiful.
Sissinghurst in Autumn is more austere but still beautiful.


Autumn flowers: Dahlias.
Autumn flowers: Dahlias.
The white garden would be spectacular in Spring but then just think of the crowds.

I would love to see Sissinghurst‘s White Garden in Spring, but then again, it would be critical to be there super-early.

Monet’s GIVERNY had been on my bucket list for a long time. It definitely lived up to expectations and I was so thrilled that the peonies were still flowering in the first week of June.

Beautiful Giverny
Beautiful Giverny

PARIS 6 053PARIS 6 056And while not as well known as these two, we loved Great Dixter‘s garden when we visited in Autumn 2010, just after we’d been to Sissinghurst.

The entry to the Great Dixter house...not open when we visited in October 2010.
The entry to the Great Dixter house…not open when we visited in October 2010.

I hope these beautiful gardens and flowers have brought sunshine to you today, wherever you are in the world. I’d like to wish my readers good health, happiness and adventures in 2015, with lots of gardens to visits and flowers to smell.


9 thoughts on “Happy New Year: Great Gardens

  1. Cicero knew what he was talking anout!
    Both gardens are on my bucket list Pauleen. I hope to get to Giverny this year. We drove by and peeped over the fence one winter when it was closed.

  2. I don’t have much in the way of a garden, but I do have a pretty decent library–or a collection of books–even though it’s scattered all over the house. A well maintained garden makes for a pleasant retreat.

    Tossing It Out

    1. Sometimes my husband doubts me when I say there’s always room for one more plant or book 🙂 BTW I’m now listening to Brian wilson’s Gershwin on MOG 🙂

      1. I thought the Brian Wilson take on Gershwin was pretty good. Nice to hear today’s performers keeping the great old classics alive.

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