The pond and statue in the formal garden
As promised in my last blog, here is another visit to Penshurst Place, this time concentrating on the magnificent gardens.
After our rather long tea and cake break, Sheila and I headed off into the gardens. It was getting quite late by this time, and we had the gardens more or less to ourselves. The gardens are in a series of ‘rooms’ each one enclosed with yew hedges, each one just as beautiful as the last.
The Porcupine, the Sidney family Crest.
In front or the House is the Italian Garden, a beautiful formal garden with a large central pond and statue. The best views of the house are from this garden, and from here we wandered through the maze of smaller gardens, enjoying the herbaceous borders, the orchard, the Union Flag Garden and Diana’s Bath, a beautiful fountain.
Sadly we did manage to miss some of the gardens, but the ones we saw were wonderful. We were also too late to go round the Maize Maze, which was laid out in the shape of a crown, but in spite of this we had a really lovely time, and we will just have to visit Penshurst again soon won’t we? I hope you have enjoyed the photos, and if you ever get the chance do try to visit this wonderful place, you will not be disappointed.
The Union Flag Garden, with Lavender for the blue colour, and red and white roses for the red and white of the flag