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!
Do we gardeners give a little more importance to plant names than is necessary or sensible; are we obsessed with names? Few things spike a gardener's attention as quickly as the mention of a new plant name. There may be nothing especially good or beautiful about the plant but it is NEW! And we simply … Continue reading No Need to Name It!
Mount Congreve Gardens are on the outskirts of Waterford City and are one of the great treasures of Irish gardening. They were developed by the owner, the late Mr. Ambrose Congreve, with the ground work, design and planting in the hands of the wonderful Mr. Herman Dool, a Dutch landscape architect and gardener. Facebook threw … Continue reading Mount Congreve Gardens
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 … Continue reading A Snowdrop and Hellebore Extravaganza
We had a beautiful day today. After suffering the tedium of being indoors because of stormy weather, wishing to be outside walking or gardening, we had a day of beautiful weather today and made the very most of it with a most enjoyable visit to Mount Congreve. The garden has been closed for the past … Continue reading Three Trees at Mount Congreve Gardens
The Waterford Greenway is a walking/cycling route developed on the track of the disused railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan and is 46Km in total length. We live very close to the Waterford end of the Greenway and used walk the old railway very regularly before it was redeveloped. In fact, we used bemoan the … Continue reading The Last Leg.
Of course, I have been dramatic with the title but there are occasions when small interludes can feel like just that, a great escape. We had days of the most miserable weather; days when we not only had incessant rain but rain accompanied by bitingly cold wind. There were days of being confined to the … Continue reading The Great Escape!
A walk of the gardens at Mount Congreve with Michael White, the Garden Curator, always brings out great stories and connections. Michael walks at a gallop and talks at a gallop because he has much to do and his head is so full of information that it seems to simply burst from him. I recall … Continue reading Molly at Mount Congreve
For the most part the woodland garden at Mount Congreve is a very democratic and equal-opportunity location where trees and shrubs are intermingled and each left to fend for itself in company and competition with its neighbours. Occasionally, a tree has been given special status and space to grow unfettered by the encroachment of neighbours … Continue reading A Great Tree – A Great Loss