This glaringly red poppy, Papaver orientalis 'Allegro', has been in and out of favour with us since we grew it from seed and planted it in the garden almost thirty years ago. So disgusted did we become with it at one time that we dug it out only for some remaining roots to send up … Continue reading The Thug in the Rain
At the funeral of a dear friend today, her husband quoted Robert Burns, "Epitaph on my own Friend" An honest man here lies at rest, As e’er God with His image blest: The friend of man, the friend of truth; The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, … Continue reading Epitaph on my own Friend
We can all, at times, work to the motto sometimes seen on sundials, "I only count the sunny hours". This is especially true of photographers who will inevitably seek out the most pleasant views, say in a garden, and ignore the less attractive pictures which may well present themselves. Likewise, if we have a choice, … Continue reading Even on a Bad Day!
Ambrose Congreve's planting style - at his Mount Congreve Garden - was very often designed to impress, to wow, to stop the visitors in their tracks and take their breath away and the Paeonia Borders do all of this in the most dramatic manner. There are other similar areas throughout the garden - the amazing … Continue reading The Annual Show
The sunshine comes and goes here in Ireland and, with that, the light changes very quickly from the glare of full sun and skies of blue to the dull grey of our overcast and cloudy hours - and I have not mentioned the regular fog we experience here beside the river, nor the mist and … Continue reading Catching the Sunshine
The lie of the land brings you there; the footpaths through the dappled shade of the woodland garden lead you there; the light ahead on the shady walks tell you that there is something ahead and, though I have gone there many times, it still comes as a surprise and a delight. It is always … Continue reading The Chocolate Box Scene at The Bay Garden
Tombrick Garden hasn't opened as regularly as previously in the last few years so when it opened today - a charity event - it came as no surprise that it attracted a big attendance; well, actually, a huge attendance. There was virtually a small army of helpers in attendance to guide cars to and from … Continue reading Tombrick Garden