Out for Orchids

Our native orchids are among the most beautiful, interesting and appealing of our wildflowers and I have had three very enjoyable outings to see them recently. The Lesser Twayblade had frustrated me for several years. I knew from friends that there was a small population in a remote area in Co. Wicklow – I had … Continue reading Out for Orchids

Looking Back in Amazement

And, I suppose, it would be appropriate to continue the title with "and forward in confidence". What has me looking back in amazement is a very little research I did recently on Sir Joseph Paxton (1801 - 1868). This was in connection with the recently restored vinery at Lismore Castle Gardens, now completed after almost … Continue reading Looking Back in Amazement