To finish the series on a recent trip to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens that I’ve been running all week, I thought I’d look back at some photographs I took in May 2014 on my first visit to this inspiring horticultural paradise, the creation of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. It was the 7th May last year, to be accurate and the weather was a mixture of sunshine and rain after a mild winter and a warm and wet spring. I was unwell for much of last year so I never quite got my act together with these photographs and so I’ve not put them up on here until now. I’m glad that I didn’t because they are a fascinating contrast to the shots I took last Sunday when I found that the gardens had exploded with life and colour. Apparently, I was told, Spring 2014 had been glorious at Sissinghurst but I’d arrived when the bulbs had finished flowering and the summer plants were still to come. Nevertheless, there is always something interesting to see in these gardens and the more familiar the garden, the more interesting it is to watch how it grows. Take a look at these photos and then, maybe glance back to the same locations to see how they blossomed this June. Next year I plan to return – maybe in July – and I shall take some more photographs.