Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A square stack, a mandala, scented beauties and Sissinghurst

It seems ages since my last blog post.  Thank you to all who commented on the Chelsea pics.

The squares are all done for the blue blanket but there is still a way to go - making up my mind whether to crochet or stitch them together would be a start, then there's the blocking and a border.



I finally got round to a mandala for Yarndale, thought I'd missed the boat on this one but there's still plenty of time.  I'm a bit nervous about covering it with PVA glue on the back but all the others seem to have survived it.




The colour scheme is loosely based on these scented beauties from my garden

Sarah Bernhardt





Geoff Hamilton



Rhapsody in Blue


Wish I could share the scent.

Miss T the younger has finished uni for the year and is home looking for summer jobs which is easier said than done.  We decided to take a break from all that on Monday and went down to Sissinghurst Castle to wander round the magnificent garden created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson.  

Sissinghurst has a varied history - Queen Elizabeth I had a three-night stay there and in the 1700s it was a prison.  Today, Sissinghurst is famous for the series of 'garden rooms' that Vita and Harold created, the most well known of these is the white garden.  It is now owned and maintained by the National Trust.  























The shots below were difficult because I'm scared of heights.  They are taken from the top of the Elizabethan Tower shown in the first pic (the climb up the stairs was a bit of a challenge too!).








I've been there so many times and I never tire of the gardens, they are so beautiful, but I'm not sure my photos do them justice.  

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

23 comments:

  1. Your mandala is beautiful Jane, and I love your roses, especially Rhapsody in Blue; I bet the perfume is wonderful! Thank you also for showing us such lovely pics of the gardens at Sissinghurst, they are lovely indeed! Happy days to you and yours, and all the best to Miss T with her job hunting! xoJoy

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    1. Thank you Joy, the roses were presents for a special birthday so I'm trying to keep them in good condition. Happy days to you too. Jxx

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  2. Sissinghurst looks the most beautiful place Jane, and such great pictures from the top of the tower ! Theres not even a slight wobble to the camera despite the fact you were probably clinging on for dear life !
    Can't wait to see the blue blanket all finished - I so love all the shades of blue.
    Have a lovely day,
    Kate x

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    1. Thank you Kate, yes I was clinging on rather and in fact I think some of those photos were taken with one hand :o) Jxx

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  3. Your photos are great and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, thank you. I'd love to go to Sissinghurst,and it looks like you chose the right time of year to go, such gorgeous gardens. Your peonies are so lovely, they are one of my absolute favourite flowers and your mandala is a wonderful way to celebrate them. x

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    1. Thank you Gillian, yes it's a good time for roses at Sissinghurst at the moment, they are absolutely glorious and they have a special way of bending and tying the stems of some of them to create mounds of blooms, but I've also been later on in the year when dahlias and other later bloomers take over and the garden is just as stunning Jxx

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  4. Another wonderful post about your trips out and about! Beautiful photos, and I adore your mandala, it is perfect! Chrissie x

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    1. Thank you Chrissie, I've only made a couple of mandalas but have really enjoyed making them probably because it's nice to get quick results! Jxx

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  5. I would love to go to Sissinghurst one day and your photos have just made me want to go even more!! It looks lovely. I really like your mandala!! The PVAing is very scary, but it does dry alright in the end, you just have to have faith. I was very scared of wrecking mine, but it was OK! Beautiful peonies! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, the mandala has now been PVAed and survived the experience :o) Jxx

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  6. Lovely post Jane. The mandala you made is gorgeous. That looks like a lovely day out and I enjoyed your photos very much.
    Marianne x

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  7. Hi Jane, thank you for visiting me. I don't know the name of the shaggy poppy as I inherited it on my old allotment, but I am happy to send some seeds to you once they have ripened if you email your address to me. I love the colours you have chosen for your mandala. I found it scary to glue my mandala, but as least it is only on the back and it did work. Sissinghurst is such a gorgeous place to visit - I love it. Best wishes, Pj x

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    1. Hi Pj, thank you for your kind offer to save some seeds for me, I would love some and will email address. Jxx

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  8. Oh now Sissinghurst is on my 'must visit' places list but not sure how or when I will get around to it. The photos give a real taste of what it must be like so thank you so much! I love the colours you have used in your mandala - I still haven't glued mine so that's a messy task to look forward to! Have a lovely weekend x Jane

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    1. Thank you Jane, the mandala glueing turned out to be less scary in practice than it was in theory :o) Jxx

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  9. The pink peony is beautiful Jane, as are the pretty roses - I do love those peony type roses with layers and layers of petals.
    The mandala is lovely, well done for getting yours finished!
    Sissinghurst looks as wonderful as ever. We are hoping to go this coming week too. Your photos are excellent, and am very impressed with the "aerial" ones - you brave girl, well and truly a seasoned blogger now to get some good piccies for the blog!!
    Hope to see you soon!
    Gill xx

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    1. Thank you Gill, I hope you get your trip in this week - the roses there are fab. See you soon. Jxx

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  10. Hello Jane thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures of Sissinghurst, such a special place. Your multi petal roses are gorgeous, love the effect and the colours. Well done on finishing your mandala, it is lovely. Wishing you a sunny week.
    Helen xox

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  11. Gorgeous photos Jane... another one to add to our 'Go-to' list :-) Those roses are stunning and I can imagine the delight of sticking my nose in them...gently, of course!
    Tracey xxx

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  12. Gorgeous! And those aerial shots are fabulous, I have always wanted to go to Sissinghurst, definitely on the must-visit list.

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  13. Hi Jane,

    First of all thank you for entering my little giveaway I have really enjoyed pulling it together and can't wait to see whose name comes out of the hat. I'm living your Peonies (never sure if that's the right spelling) especially the Rhapsody in Blue I've not seen this one before but I'm thinking I may have to look out for it. I have the Geoff Hamilton and Bowl of Beauty which have been in bloom but the winds here have taken their toll. You were a very brave women taking those photo's from such a height. Like you I am terrible with heights I don't think I would of even attempted the climb up the tower.

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    1. Hi Mitzi, the Rhapsody in Blue is a rose and it seems to be quite popular at the moment, I have seen it on sale in a few places. It has a pleasant scent, although it's not as strong as some of the old roses. Have a great weekend.
      Jane x

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