Sunday, September 26, 2010

West Dean Gardens

We were planning to go to Brighton yesterday, but Joanna and I went to the car boot sale at Ford in the morning and got stuck in traffic for nearly three hours coming back (it's normally a 15-minute drive) - nightmare! (on the plus side I got a couple of nice bits and pieces at the car boot). Anyway, since we'd lost the morning we decided to go for an afternoon stroll at West Dean Gardens instead.

The main horticultural attractions are the walled kitchen gardens and Victorian glasshouses containing plant collections including many different species of tomato and chilli, which are both celebrated in garden events over the year. The collection of apple trees has its own event next week, which we're planning to attend (will I finally manage to complete the Apple Dress in time?! It's still only waiting for its side zip and hem).

There's also a magnificent 100-metre Edwardian pergola, covered in all kinds of climbing plants. It's like something out of The Secret Garden!

Novelty print blouse (modern, but very 40s/50s, don't you think?), handbag and wool beret, charity shop; Belt, ebay; Favourite skirt, Marks & Spencer.


  1. What a lovely outfit, I agree about how old fashioned the blouse looks, and I love the white beret! Bad luck about the traffic, but at least you got to take some amazing photos!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. it looks like a wonderful place to visit!

  3. wow! what a gorgeous location that is.


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