ninth Might 2018 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
It’s at all times a deal with to go to one in every of Sarah Raven’s Open Days at Perch Hill, close to Brightling in East Sussex. The spring opening occurred to coincide with a ravishing, heat and sunny day, which added to the pleasure. Through the years I’ve watched this backyard evolve from fairly modest beginnings to the spectacular place it’s at this time. Sarah is consistently experimenting with new sorts of flowers and modern planting mixtures, so a go to is way more than a nice expertise – it’s endlessly inspiring. I defy anybody to go away with no few packets of seeds, or a plant or two to emulate one thing seen in her backyard. It was the white honesty (Lunaria) that was the hit this time so far as I used to be involved. Purple honesty does properly in my backyard, as does the perennial honesty Lunaria rediviva so I’m pretty assured that it’ll develop in my backyard. It’s a seed that likes to be left to its personal gadgets, so most have been scattered, with just some sown in a pot as insurance coverage, though in my expertise they don’t transplant properly.
A brand new addition at Perch Hill is a country shed/summerhouse/potting space that I recognise from Sarah’s present backyard eventually 12 months’s Chelsea Flower Present, that she designed in collaboration with inside designer Tricia Guild. I’d like to have house for one thing prefer it in my very own backyard. Aah properly, one can however dream.
It’s All within the Element
Sarah Raven has a incredible eye for element so every thing from the desk high association of vegetation subsequent to the backdoor to the curtain within the bathroom has been thought of – tons extra inspiration right here.