A SHORT BREAK IN HAM AND SANDWICH, KENT
We spent a couple of nights at the little Inn called The Blazing Donkey. It has the address of Sandwich, but is not actually in that small town. Instead it is in the depth of Kent countryside, about two miles away, at a place called Ham, at the end of a long narrow lane. We had a job to find it.
In Sandwich we went to see the Secret Gardens, at the grand Salutation manor house. Apparently they provide accommodation there.
This is the link. The website has lots of helpful information.
It is quite expensive to go in but well worth it. Also there is a plant sale area but once again, a bit pricey, all the plants were £6 a pot. I was tempted to buy a dahlia but resisted!
Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera.
The garden is over 3.5 acres surrounding a house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The planting was an inspiration. It is a well-sheltered garden so the tender flowers well blooming well, including some delightful dahlias. I note some, in case I can afford to buy some plants next spring.
These are some I liked:
City of Alkmaar
Bishop of Canterbury
April Heather - my favourite
There is also a vegetable garden, full of beans on tripods, globe artichokes, chard etc and dotted with flowers.