Sunflowers, Calendula and sunshine. .
Ham House is a beautiful historic house and only 200 metres from the River Thames ~ Ham, south of Richmond in London.
Completed in 1610, for Sir Thomas Vavasour and occupied by a succession of earls and dukes before being handed to the National Trust in 1948.
It’s still run by the charity and open daily.
Designed by Robert Smythson, it is a truly perfect example of 17th century architecture and set in wonderful grounds, replete with formal gardens, a beautiful wisteria-clad orangery and kitchen garden..overflowing with healing herbs, rare fruits and heritage vegetables...that heave with bees and all manner of intoxicating aromas.
The house has changed little in 300 years, and the same applies to its formal gardens, which feature the oldest orangery in Britain, an icehouse and a totally eccebtric dairy.
The interior is absolutely stunning and the last photograph features a copy, painted at the time..and after Sir Anthony van Dyck ~ the 'self-portrait with sunflower', (acquired by HM Treasury 1948). The original of 1635-6 is in the private collection of the Duke of Westminster.