A Long Weekend in Lewes

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Glasshouse Cafe

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Glasshouse Gardens

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkshurst Tray of Plants

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Glasshouse Gardens

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

 

T H E   W A L L E D   N U R S E R Y

At the end of June, I spent a long weekend in Sussex. From Thursday to Sunday, I stayed in Brighton, commuted to a small hamlet near Lewes and styled my first professional wedding. It’s certainly not what I expected to be doing a year after I pushed my tiny Squarespace site out into the public domain!

That said, I’m not sure what I had expected. Perhaps a wedding or two in Cornwall? If that. I certainly didn’t expect to be over 300 miles away, setting up tablescapes and 170 place settings for a 5-course gourmet meal! I was thinking things would start small and grow if I was lucky. Not kick off with trees in a church, a bell tent village and a wedding day that spanned over an orchard, Mediterranean courtyard and old cider press. It was surreal – also quite stressful at times – but generally amazing in a completely how-did-I-get-here kind of way.

During my stay, I had an afternoon off. Which in the intensity of travelling across the country, to work a rather large wedding, in some of the hottest days of the year, came as a very welcome break. That afternoon I took myself off to The Walled Nursery near Hawkhurst. And decided I was entitled to a hearty slice of cake for lunch. There I explored the glasshouses, befriended a resident cat and generally messed about with my camera. Afterwards (and after sitting in the shade until I thought I could face my car again) I headed over to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which is only a 20-minute drive away.

As someone who was both a writer and a gardener, Vita Sackville-West has long been someone of interest and intrigue to me. Someone with whom I feel a completely unjustified sense of affinity. And walking around her gardens and visiting her writing room (somewhat sleep-deprived and over-heated) I felt heady and joyous, inspired and almost euphoric. To be strolling, all alone, in the garden of England, with the sun on my face and unexplored earth beneath my feet. I shed a few tears.

Living in Cornwall I thought I’d lost all panging desires to travel or go on holiday. But in those lovely languid hours, I felt I might perhaps be tempted. Especially tempted to travel alone. Not for very long. Four days away from Matt was quite enough! But it turns out I find my own company quite lovely. And being able to indulge in aimless wanders and cake for lunch was a kind of heaven. And the company of a fluffy garden cat wasn’t too bad either!

 

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The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Glasshouse Gardens

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Watering Can Glasshouse

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lavender Daisies

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Glasshouses Gardens

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Glasshouse Garden

The Walled Nursery Hawkhurst Lewes Garden

 

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  1. Reply

    Lucy

    27th July 2018

    These are such lovely photos!

    Lucy | Forever September

  2. Reply

    Milenka

    6th September 2018

    Such beautiful, thoughtful photos and composition. It sounds like a wonderful escape from the hectic-ness of the wedding! Your writing is so lovely.

    Milenka x
    Blushing Lately

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