Eileen Peck lives in Kent and has been following our blog for some time. Here is her contribution to our site.
Here in Kent, England, with Christmas fast approaching its been difficult to get into the festive mood, especially with our most unseasonal weather. We are still mowing lawns in the South East of England with recent temperatures of 12+ degrees, whilst in the North of the country they are minus 10 degrees, a difference of 20+! Bearing mind we are only 500 miles in distance, to say England’s weather is localised is an understatement. The shoots of spring bulbs are endeavouring to appear, together with spring flowing shrubs, whilst autumnal cyclamen are as bright and alluring as when they appeared several weeks ago. I am still transplanting Hostas, repositioning small shrubs, plus repairing fencing due to an invasion of badgers.
We have a National Trust property very close to us, of which I am particularly fond, having been, in the past, a volunteer at the house for several years. Most of England’s established gardens are connected to ancient properties, as the owners had the financially where with all to develop their surrounding land. Smallhythe Place is such a property. The hamlet, in which it stands, was once a thriving ship building centre, with Henry Vlll having several of his war ships assembled there before taking the River Rother to the open sea. Today this National Trust property where Ellen Terry, the legendary Victorian Actress once resided, is well worth a mornings visit. Smallhythe also boasts a most beautiful ancient church and a vineyard, with several of its wines being taken by British Airways. The legendary Sissinghurst Gardens are only half an hours car journey away, but a visit to this delightful National Trust property should definitely not be missed.
Our packing cases will shortly be dusted off and my husband and I can enjoy our usual time visiting your wonderful “neck of the woods”. Until then Season’s Greetings to all readers of Gardening @ Leisure, with a Peaceful Christmas and Healthy New Year.
Mike and Eileen Peck