Nymans is a garden I have wanted to visit for a long time. It has been 'on the list' probably since I first heard of Leonard Messel and I cannot tell you how long ago that was.
I had the opportunity to be visiting close by (more of that in a later post she says mysteriously) and I decided to stop at Nymans on the way home. It was the hottest day of the year and as I got into the car to drive there the car told me it was 32 deg. By the time I left it was 35 deg. Us Brits are not good as such heat, well I am not anyway. I had my trusty sunhat, a bottle of water and lots of factor 50 sun block, I had at least travelled prepared.
The house itself was originally built around 1839 by George Harrington and it was a very nice but fairly standard Regency style house. The Messel family bought it in 1890 and it then went through several phases of change. Leonard Messel inherited the house in 1915 and continued the changes to the house. Sadly in 1947, which was around 19 years since the house was completed, it was partially destroyed by fire. Over the years part of the house was made livable in and the family continued to use it. In 1953 the house and gardens were taken over by the National Trust.
miled at the Erigeron karvinskianus, always a joy to see as it spreads itself around. As often said, it is against the law to have any sort of Arts and Crafts garden without including this daisy.ssel, so making a spring trip to hopefully find one in the garden would be a nice thing to do. (If they do not have one please don't tell me, I shall sniffle). Anyhoo, maybe this is two more trips, what a wonderful thought.