I'd been to Hever a few years back when they had their annual Renaissance Faire and thought it was pretty nice. We did most of our wanderings through the faire part and also went into the castle. This time we didn't bother going into the castle (it's just too darned frustrating for me to go into these castles and not be allowed to snap photos) we just concentrated on the gardens and in particular the Italian gardens. The "Fever" part of my title is that I took over 150 photos at that garden.
So a bit more of a peek at what we saw yesterday...
The castle from the outside (of course).
In the Italianate garden - the hedge on the left is getting a pruning (it's well over 100 years old and apparently time for a haircut).
Love these little vignettes they have in this garden - all along one long wall, room after room. Perhaps 20 or more.
Also in this same part of the garden - this billion year old forsythia bush/tree. Not many flowers but the trunk and branches make up for it.
And this has nothing whatsoever to do with Hever but wanted to make sure that I shared it with you. Should have gotten posted on our Chartwell day. This is my dear SIL Josephine who is actually as close to smiling here as I've ever seen her. Jo is a hoot! She keeps us all in line, especially that guy to her left, JW, who now claims that he is camera shy. Don't you just love the color of Jo's hair? That's her natural color - a lovely red shot through with gold. Brilliant! Matches her personality to a "T".