Bluebell Woods at Emmetts Garden in Kent
There is always a frisson of excitement about a woodland floor, carpeted with a shimmer of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) – areas of deeper or dappled shade intensifying the blue, brighter shafts of sunshine creating a lighter haze.
Emmetts Gardens, a National Trust property close to Sevenoaks, sits a-top a 600′ sandstone ridge, with far reaching views across the countryside and a rich diversity of planting – an arboretum and pinetum, formal gardens including a rose garden and a recently re-planted rockery (planted to the original plans). Rhododendrons, Camellias and Pieris are bringing some welcome colour but the bluebells, in the woods which clothe the steep hillsides, are the thing.
The Rockery (below) with wild tulips and pulsatillas, rhododendrons and acers
Far reaching views across the surrounding countryside
and finally, David Austin roses for sale in the shop..