Covid prompted us last year to purchase a season ticket for the gardens at Lismore Castle and we have done the same this year as it is both exceptional value and the gardens merit a visit at least once a month through the open season. It really is worthwhile visiting a garden on a regular … Continue reading Lismore Castle Gardens, May 2022
We took one of our regular visits to Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, Co. Wicklow, yesterday, feeling the need to get out after days of rain here. The weather was good with rain arriving just as we were ready to leave, so well timed and no inconvenience. Wild garlic - ramsons and three-cornered garlic - … Continue reading Mount Usher Gardens
There is a divide among snowdrop growers, a contrast in styles between those who collect snowdrops and those who garden with them. For some, there is nothing more attractive than a new variety, another snowdrop a little different to their eyes, another flower of exquisite beauty to be appreciated in its individuality. For others, snowdrops … Continue reading Simply Snowdrops
We made what we imagine to be our last visit of the season to Lismore Castle Gardens on Sunday last. On our previous visit it was obvious that the display in the flower beds was coming to a close so this was one more of a sense of seeing out the season than with any … Continue reading Lismore Castle, End of Season.
A Saturday morning appraisal of the coming weather advised us that Sunday and Monday would be wet and as this would lead to two days of confinement, to being indoors, inactive and probably dreary, we decided to put aside our plan to cut the grass before the wet weather and take a day out. Days … Continue reading Visually in Lismore Castle Garden.
It's a long time since that Planxty song came into my mind but it was what popped up when I came to write of our visit to Altamont Gardens yesterday. Follow the link for a blast from the past! Yes, it was a bright and warm day and we thought Monday would be a quiet … Continue reading Follow me up to Carlow!
Oh, it wasn't a great start to the day and I'm not really the better of it yet. Performance piddling - Flow and Scan - is not especially demanding but neither is it my favourite first thing in the morning activity. The necessity of taking on extra liquid to ensure a release at the appointment … Continue reading Hydrangea Heaven!
Our season ticket to Lismore Castle Gardens has been well used this year and we certainly have had excellent value for money from it. It's an hour's drive, 70Km, gate to gate but because of road works and a diversion today's journey took an hour and a half but it brought us to parts of … Continue reading Lismore Castle Gardens – with lots of Photographs!
Gash Gardens are situated a few kilometres outside Castletown, south of Mountrath in Co. Laois. It is now Mary Keenan's garden though I am of an age that I still recall its days as her father, Noel's garden. Noel was an odd man among farmers for few would give over several acres of good dairy … Continue reading Good Golly Gash!
Lismore Castle is on the banks of the River Blackwater in west Co. Waterford. I highly recommend a visit and indeed a full day out as the town itself is very beautiful and interesting. There is a very pleasant walk along the bank of the river and returning via woodland and small roads to your … Continue reading Lismore Castle Gardens in Photographs.