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
There comes a time to put things behind one, to forget about it and move on. Yesterday, it was ten weeks since I had a hip-replacement operation and, naturally enough I suppose, it has dominated my thoughts in the intervening time. After six weeks the surgeon told me all was well and that I could … Continue reading Mount Congreve – A Walk with the Camera
The last days of November would generally not be regarded as good garden-visiting days but there are some advantages. It is a time to see a garden without the distraction of summer colour, without the fullness of summer borders and without too many other visitors also. It is a time to see the bones of … Continue reading Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem’s Good Bones!