Waterford, south-east Ireland. Saturday, 8th May 2021
Using the views which the outside surroundings of the garden provide is one of the regularly recommended design principles of garden planning. We have a view to the River Suir from the garden and though we have made no effort to frame the view we do enjoy it very much and I find it is a view I photograph regularly.
There are other occasions when “borrowed landscape” can be put to good use such as when one wishes to write a weekly account of gardening activities but reckons there really is nothing especially interesting to report. The Head Gardener continued with her round of weeding and freshening up, potted on some batches of seedlings and planted out her sweet peas. I feel I did very little: the windy conditions brought down load after load of catkins from the birch trees and I blew them off the tarmacadam repeatedly; the grass on the front lawns was cut and edged and we collected unwanted patio slabs – Indian sandstone, no less – from our son’s house and began laying them in front of the garden shed where the traffic has worn the grass away. All necessary but hardly exciting.
This is where the borrowed landscape comes to the rescue. Our travel restrictions were eased last weekend and we were able to visit gardens within our own county. I showed some photographs last week from Mount Congreve Gardens which are only ten minutes or so away from us but we also travelled a little further to visit the gardens of Lismore Castle. I could “borrow” material from their website but you would find much more by visiting yourself. I recommend the blog written by head gardener, Darren Topps, and the very interesting restoration project for the Paxton vinery which is presently underway.
For the moment, I will borrow some of the landscape of Lismore Castle Gardens – the upper garden, the lower garden and the tulip display, which I think deserves a section all of its own, and a few of the restoration of the vinery. Each is presented as a slideshow so click on the arrow on the right to move through the images.
The Upper Garden, in the vicinity of the castle:
The area below the castle, more informal in layout:
The tulips were especially beautiful, some wonderful colour combinations:
Just a few images of the restoration work which is ongoing on the Paxton vinery. I have seen work done by this company at Fota Island Gardens in Cork and it was absolutely fabulous – wonderful skill and attention to historic accuracy and detail:
Not to completely neglect our own garden I took a walk around during the week on one of those ever so bright mornings which follow on a night of sharp frost. It may look bright and cheerful but it was very chilly. Mr. Pheasant came with me, with his plaintive begging calls, as I hadn’t fed him yet – I did afterwards and his chatter changed to his grateful Guh guh guh guh!
Finally, a little colour, the first paeonia of the season to open here: Paeonia ‘Feng Dan Bai’.
The new paved area outside the garden shed is not quite finished and, after the heavy rain of last night, it might have to wait another little while. There has been a little progress in the Covid situation as I had my first dose of vaccine yesterday morning. The second will be in twelve weeks time. It is the beginning of the end, I hope.
I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator”. To read more contributions go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read!