One thing nice about having a wonderful National Trust site in the neighbourhood is that you can go there when you just want a cup of tea. We had run into Cranbrook for something and thought we would take advantage of a lovely day by going to a pub. But as we headed to the pub we past the entrance to the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. It was late afternoon but there were still a few hours before the grounds closed.
After our cream tea (scone, jam and clotted cream along with your pot of tea) we started to wander a bit in the gardens. Late afternoon is perfect for a garden in September because, while some of the bloom is gone, the late-day golden sunshine gives some magic back to the flowers. Even the spent flowers and stalks have texture and appeal in dramatic lighting.
Here are some shots of garden that afternoon: