Somerset Maugham observed that, as we have so few summer days in Britain, it is only fair that ours should be finer than anywhere else in the world.
These are owned by Kew but under the auspices of the National Trust.
One of the delights of Sussex is that you are pretty much guaranteed a pretty journey.
I met a girl friend who lives in Hurstpierpoint and from there we drove through Cuckfield on leafy b roads past Ardingly to the Gardens.
I had expected, as it was part of Kew, that there would be loads of greenhouses.
In fact there was a mansion and series of interesting gardens, a walled one, an Asian one with Japanese water irises in bloom and, best of all, rolling meadows and fine old trees in which you can ramble.
I like the English garden though my friend had to name the flowers for me. Rather than the ornate Japanese garden, which tends to be smaller and more spiritual, you can in a English garden lose yourself.
All in all a most enjoyable trip.