Bridget

Trip to Tipp!

In Gardening, Off the beaten track. on July 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Made the trip to Tipperary at the weekend to visit the folks. My Mother, 2 brothers and their families live there plus the multitude of other relations. Stayed with my Mother, Lizzie, and as usual her front garden is a riot of colour. A lot of these, Sunflowers, Marigolds and Sweet Williams she grows from seed in a small polytunnel. Lots of perennials too plus self-seeded stuff makes for an eyecatching display.

A standard Rose, a birthday present from Andy and I 3 years ago is covered in beautiful blooms.

This Clematis Lizzie grew from a cutting some years ago. It produces a mass of flowers each year. I have taken several cuttings and none have taken. I guess Lizzie’s fingers are greener than mine!

On Sunday afternoon Lizzie, myself and nieces Bridget and Shauna went for a drive to Moneygall. This little village has become a tourist destination since Barack Obama visited there some weeks ago. Falmouth Kearney, a maternal great great grandfather of Barack Obama’s emigrated from here in 1850. The plaque above has been erected on the site where the Kearney family lived.

Some people are taking the American link a bit far but Obama’s visit has certainly brought new life to this little village. There’s an Obama Cafe, a new gift shop selling lots of items with Obama’s face and signature on, and of course the bar where Barack and Michelle drank the famous Guinness is doing a roaring trade.

Stopping in the village of Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny, I spotted these pigs sculpted from limestone. Are’nt they great. Pity some vandal broke the snout of one of them. Senseless vandalism, I hate it!

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  1. What an awesome clematis.– I will be looking for that one!
    I had great hope for Obama during the campaign. It is like pondering the hesitation of Hamlet, wondering why Obama doesn’t demand progressive change when most of the people support it. Politics make me crazy. Good thing we can go to the garden and recover.

  2. Oh my your mom’s flowers are beautiful hope you enjoyed your visit ..
    Have a wonderful weekend and
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  3. Thank you for the tour! Your mother’s garden is spectacular, so lush and full of color.

  4. Vandalism seems to happen to the beautiful areas/things in our town also. Sometimes right on my garden corner, since I am in town. I have to take a few deep breaths in those moments.

    Thanks for your visit to WMG! That rose standard is so beautiful. If only I could think of a spot to squeeze one in…. 🙂 Thanks for inspiration.

  5. Love the colours in your mother’s garden, so vibrant and eye catching!

  6. Wow, the clematis is great. I find vandalism repulsive.

  7. The first photo looks like a painting. Lovely bright colors.

  8. Hi Bridget, hope it wasn’t a long way, blimey don’t you always get one!! That is an amazing standard Rose, what the heck is it being fed on.

  9. Wow Bridget! Beautiful! That rose is breathtaking and the Clematis too! Have to say as an American though that I’m bored with Obama’s promises, a trained rat could do a better job!

  10. My hubby’s nanna was from Tipperary, perhaps we are distantly related!
    Jane x
    PS Stunning garden!

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