Posts Tagged ‘Birr castle’

Fave pics of 2011.

In Gardening on December 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

We only have pictures from May onwards as our computer had a hissy fit and devoured everything before May including photos of our Finland trip in April. Boo hoo!!  This pic was taken in the garden of The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin. It is of course lovely hubby Andy stopping to smell the Roses. Taken in May.

14th June was my Mothers 75th birthday. We went to Birr Castle to have lunch and visit the gardens there. Pictured is myself, on left, Lizzie in the middle and Bridget my 16 year old niece.

July should have been high Summer…it was’nt…it was grey, cold, wet and windy. My lovely Buddha statue was blown off the windowsill and broke. Rather than bin it I inserted the top half in a pot  planted  with succulents. It has filled out nicely now.

Back to the end of June which saw the arrival of new puppy Freddie. He has settled in with our other dogs Lettie and Alice. He was 1 year old in October.

The bad weather continued into August but there were lots of flowers despite it. This is through the garden gate into the veg and fruit garden.

September gave lots of rain so there were lots of Mushrooms. We went to Ireland’s first Mushroom Festival at Killegar Manor in County Cavan.

In October I was in Clare house sitting and looking after Goats, Chickens, Cats and an orphaned baby Guinea Pig called Gerry who had to be fed from a dropper twice daily.

November was great…good weather at last. After the coldest Summer in 50 years November was mild and Springlike. Fab! That certainly shortened the Winter. I can’t believe it’s now just a few days to the Solstice when once again we can look forward to Spring and lenghtening evenings once again.

Birr Castle Gardens.

In Gardening on June 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Yesterday was my Mother’s 75th birthday and rather than visiting her at home where she would be cooking and catering for us, we all met up and went to Birr Castle Gardens. It was a two hour drive for us and one hour for her. On arrival we had lunch and then spent a few hours in the garden.

The castle itself is still lived in by the Parsons family who have lived here since 1620. It is not open to the public except for occasional events throughout the year.

There is a fabulous Paeony collection, every shade of pink, plus white and of course the familiar cottage garden favourite, dark red. These ones had a lovely light scent.

These box hedges are over 300 years old and according to the Guinness Book of Records they are the tallest in the world.

My favourite part of the garden is the Victorian Fernery, especially the waterfall.Heading to the walled garden. Lovely golden weeping Beech on the left, never saw one of those before.

Water Lilies just breaking into flower in the stream beneath the bridge.

Part 2 tomorrow.