We even came up with a similar rose
and Christophii allium combo.
But what I didn't expect
was that we both had
identical Mullein moth caterpillars
chomping away on our verbascums.
A French visitor pointed them out to us
and we had a difficult conversation because I could only
guess at papillon de nuit for moth
which she seemed not to understand,
but which turns out to be correct.
I was however able to impress her with
'Il reste sous la terre pendant cinq ans.'
accompanied by vigorous burrowing actions.
Vita Sackville-West spoke fluent French
(handy for when she eloped to France with Violet Trefusis.)
I don't know if any French visitors made it to Sissinghurst Castle
when it opened for just a single weekend each year in 1938
but I do know that 3000 French prisoners
were incarcerated there during the Seven Years War from 1756 to 1763.
They called Sissinghurst 'Chateau de Sissinghurst' and the name stuck.