Inspirations – Hever Castle, Kent

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Today we took a trip out to Hever Castle and gardens in Kent. To get there we drive out through some amazingly beautiful countryside of the high Weald and Ashdown Forest. The gorse blazing yellow and little puffs of cloud in blue skies.

Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. It was originally built in 1270. There are some fine gardens and grounds at Hever covering 125 acres, which should have interest at any time of year.

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Today the daffodils unsurprisingly were past their best, but there were still a good show of tulips.

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I’m not all that fond of the range of garish primulas you can buy although I do like to see them growing wild in the hedgerows and I think it’s going to be a good year for them!

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And the first bluebells I’ve seen! Glorious

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I loved this blue corner too, very vivid colours and wonderful contrasts. I must get some euphorbias in my garden – that lime green is so fresh and vivid.

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Also loved the contrasts of this foliage – who says you need flowers when the leaves are so lovely

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And loved this bright little flower too, though not sure what it is

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All in all a very nice day out, and no doubt we will be back in the Summer when it’s warm enough to picnic outside and the garden is at its height! Until next time..

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