Tuesday, 11 October 2011

In The Footsteps of Miss Jane Austen

M IS FOR?
MAGICAL MORNINGS ! ~ one of which we enjoyed recently as we meandered and mooched round the beautiful gardens of Goodnestone Park, Kent during our recent holiday. The author Jane Austen's brother Edward lived in a house on the estate for some time and Jane was a regular visitor to Goodnestone. It was almost possible to imagine her strolling about the grounds as we more or less had the place to ourselves. Our visit was made towards the middle of the month and just after the start of a new school new year.

Maybe some of my gardening mates might be able to help me identify a mystery plant that I marveled at - flowers and foliage below ~


It's one for my must have list when I can find out what it is. More musings on the marvellous and magnificent letter M over at ABC Wednesday and more to follow here on Goodnestone Park soon.

18 comments:

  1. Oh to walk where Miss Jane walked. What a magical walk that must have been. You didn't meet Mr. Darcy while you were there, did you? Love the Jane Austen books, and movies.

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  2. It's a beautiful morning.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. If I visited there I would be very tempted to reread Austen's books. :)

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  4. I re-read Jane Austen books, love them, what a beautiful place!!
    M is for...

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  5. How beautiful. A few weeks ago I organised a giveaway centred around a beautiful book called "In the Garden with Jane Austen" by Kim Wilson. If you do not know of it it might be worth putting it on your book wishlist...

    A lovely post, thank you.

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  6. What a coincidence! We've both been walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen recently :)

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  7. This week we have started preparing the garden for winter! The bits we do...the hens undo! lol! Great post for ABC Wednesday.Thanks so much.
    Denise ABC Team

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  8. To trace the footsteps of Jane Austen, oh what a treat Anna.

    That pretty plant looks familiar but I cannot put a name to it .... looks lovely amongst the grasses.

    Jeanne
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  9. I would love to walk in this park too ! I have seen this place in "Escape to the Country" very interesting too.

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  10. Flowers look like knotweed, foliage absolutely doesn't! So no help there, then. I love it that you go visit so many places. This is marvelous!

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  11. I have a book on the shelf that I haven't got round to reading yet called 'A Walk with Jane Austen by Lori Smith - which visits all the places Jane did - Goodnestone Park included. I shall have to make it next on my list to read to see if the place lives up to your photographs.

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  12. Looks fab I dont know that part of the UK so maybe I need to go exploring.

    I wonder if the plant is a Persicara or a Sanguisorba - seems familiar

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  13. Sanguisorba but which species is anybody's guess - well, I'm not guessing!

    There were not that many good days in September so I'm glad you were given one for your visit.

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  14. Sounds and looks like it was a magical visit! I do not know plants but the 'flowers' almost look like upside-down fireworks!

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  15. I have never been to Goodnestone Park - but it is now on my list of places to go - all that history - I am no help on naming the plant - but I shall have a browse in my books and if I come up with anything I will let you know - Jane

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  16. The plant is Sanguisorba, Anna. It is a beauty planted here, isn't it? I think I've seen photos of this garden in magazines. I just love it. And it looks like the weather was wonderful. Thank you for inviting us along.

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  17. No idea about the plant, Anna. Goodnestone Park looks wonderful, though a little far for me to visit. It's often worth waiting until school term time to visit such places so they're not overcrowded.

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  18. It's a Sanquisorba.

    There's a load of info at

    http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/RHS-Publications/Journals/The-Plantsman/2007-issues/June/Sanguisorba

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- Anna.