A Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza

This project at Mount Congreve Gardens was started only last year so it was both a surprise and a huge delight so see it is an immediate success and has already made a huge and beautiful impact on this area of the garden. I had expected it to take a few years to develop but now, I realise, it will simply go from good to better and better with each passing year. Indeed, there are already plans to expand the project and it will be simply fabulous, a beautiful addition/development to the garden.

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First glimpse of this newly developed area on The Terrace Walk

We were chatting to Pat last year when he began the work on this area. He was lifting hellebores from an area immediately on the other side of The Terrace Walk, dividing and replanting them, well spaced out, and inter-planting them with snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, which he was lifting from where they had been growing in grass for many years. This latter really was a monumental task as the snowdrops were located at a far-off end of the garden and lifting bulbs from grass is a slow and laborious job – tough work from start to finish!

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Snowdrops and hellebores under giant magnolias trees.

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The gardens have been closed for the past few weeks but are reopening on this Friday, 14th February, and this is one spot you must visit when you go to the garden. It is situated on The Terrace Walk which runs at the back of the house. In the meantime, I hope you get some idea of how beautiful this area is – it is better in reality – from my photographs today.

Snowdrops and hellebores on The Terrace Walk (8)
My favourite view of the new planting.
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Pat and Mary in serious discussion!
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And the two of them could talk forever about the plants.
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Hellebores and snowdrops – a fabulous combination – and they have made a wonderful planting at Mount Congreve Garden.

Finally, a selection of the hellebores in this bed.

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I will be at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin on Saturday next, 15th February to give a talk on Mount Congreve,  “Mount Congreve – A National Treasure”

It would be a pleasure to see you there. Full details are on The Irish Garden Plant Society’s website. 

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