Sissinghurst is world famous as a place of calm and beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of a rose-pink Elizabethan palace. But is it entirely what its creators intended? Has its success over the last thirty years come at a price? Is Sissinghurst everything it could be? The story of this piece of land, as estate in the Weald of Kent, is told here for the first time from the very beginning. Adam Nicolsom, who now lives there, has uncovered remarkable new findings about its history as a medieval manor and great sixteenth-century house, from the days of its decline as an eighteenth-century prison to a flourishing Victorian farm and on to the creation, by his grandparents Vita Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson, of a garden in a weed-strewn wreck.
Alongside his recovery of the past, Adam Nicolson wanted something else: for the land at Sissinghurst to live again, to become the landscape of orchards, cattle, fruit, and sheep he remembered from his childhood.
More than just a personal biography of a place, this book is the story of taking an inheritance and steering it in a new direction, just as an entrepreneur might take hold of a company, or just as all of just might want to take our dreams and make them real.
When this book arrived in the mail, DD#1 took off the dustcover and started to read it. It must have looked interesting and must have been good to hold her interest.
These are all tomatoes & were transplanted on May 7, 2010. I know it is too early to plant in Ontario but as you can see these are planted with protection -- their own individual plastic greenhouse kits. We love them. Never had a bad season with tomatoes only good & GREAT!!
The varieties we planted this year are: Golden Honey Bunch - yellow cherry Red Candy - red cherry Primo Red Plum Crimson - substitute for Health Kick Carolina Gold - yellow Ultra Sweet Patio Hybrid - these are in their own container
These 2 plants are Heirloom varieties and came from Tree & Twig. We bought them on Saturday, May 15 & transplanted them on May 16, 2010 also with protection. Sara Black - black tomato Snow White - white cherry
When we bought the Heirloom varieties from Tree & Twig we had to do some rearranging in the garden. I dug out the "Plum Crimson" as this is a determinate tomato so can go into a container. Both of the Heirloom tomatoes are indeterminate.
Here is what our garden looks like now. Notice the black pot in the back with the stake in it, this is the 'Plum Crimson'. All of the tomatoes in the garden this year are indeterminate. The making of a wild garden!!
My container garden is looking good as well. I have planted Swiss Chard varieties, Italian Silver Rib & Pot of Gold. The sunflowers are all dwarf, the varieties are Van Gogh, Junior & Music Box.