Today is the birthday of the diplomat Harold Nicolson who was born on this day in 1886.
In 1930, Sissinghurst Castle - at least what was left of it - was bought by Harold Nicolson and his wife, Vita Sackville-West, who restored the house and created the famous garden, which was given to the National Trust in 1967.
In a letter to Harold, Vita wrote, “You are my eternal spring.”
On December 29, 1946, Harold wrote,
"Trying to convince [Vita] that planning is an element in gardening…
She wishes just to jab in things which she has leftover. The tragedy of the romantic temperament is that it dislikes form so much that it ignores the effect of masses.”