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It was a cool but beautiful day early, but we did get our first rain of the trip while in a garden this afternoon. We started out at Great Dixter

with two wonderful tour guides. We divided and conquered.

The gardens were a sea of color,

topiaries

and bees--everywhere you could see them and hear the buzzing.

Then we were off to Pashley Manor Gardens where we had our introduction from the owner.

Some lovely gardens and great statuary around the gardens.

The deciduous azaleas were still at their peak and the color and fragrance was intoxicating.

We had a lovely lunch there before heading on to our last stop Sissinghurst.

Sissinghurst is the first English Garden I ever saw back in 1998.

It did not disappoint us but rain finally caught up with us.

Thankfully it wasn't a constant rain, nor was it heavy, but it was cold.

The temperatures dropped to 48 degrees. We all enjoyed the gardens immensely

but were happy for a hot cup of tea at the end.

Tomorrow is our last day of garden tours before we pack up and head home on Friday. It has been an amazing adventure with some glorious gardens and some wonderful traveling companions.

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