The Sunflower, folklore says they are a symbol of good luck. When we see a sunflower, because of its size of the flower and height of the plant, it does catch your attention. This imposing plant, with its large sun like bloom balancing on its tall slender stalk, normally 7 to 8 feet [...]
Coolaught Garden and Garden Center Coolaught Gardens & Garden Center, Clonroche, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. I have visited Coolaught Garden on several occasions at different times of the year. My first reaction is always “so peaceful”. You are drawn into this garden of lush foliage and well [...]
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens; wander through lush woodland with a colourful, peaceful atmosphere
Kilmokea House & Gardens, seven acres of manicured walled area and lush tropical, jungle like woodland, a peaceful experience with a magical touch for all the family. Kilmokea, a manor house and garden with Viking and Norman Heritage located near the Barrow River on the island of “Great Island” near Campile in County Wexford, [...]
COLCLOUGH WALLED GARDEN The Colclough estate of Tintern was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Centaury up to the 1960s, Lucy Marie Colclough being the last member to live there. This Cistercian Abbey was founded in c1203 by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke as the result of a vow he [...]
MOUNT USHER GARDENS, AN AUTUMN SPECTACULAR There was a definite nip in the air signalling the arrival of autumn. Love this time of year, the landscape transforms from the lush greens into a new canvas of warm colour, then, a night of wind and rain and that canvas changes once again as the trees [...]
MOUNT USHER GARDENS - NEW LIFE Mount Usher Gardens, Co Wicklow, Ireland I first visited Mount Usher Gardens in early March this year. The trees were leafless, the grounds open as the growth had not yet begun. It was so beautiful. This 22 acre Robinsonian wild Garden is an Arboretum, with [...]
MOUNT USHER GARDENS Enormous, exotic and native trees, a natural garden walkways lined with shrubbery, a cascading river with fleeting king fishers and the elusive Dipper diving to the river bed to feed. This is “Mount Usher Garden” in Ashford, Co Wicklow. A privately owned paradise garden with some 4,500 shrubs and trees from [...]
This c185 years old Winter Nelis pear tree, planted in this wonderful Georgian Walled Garden built by the Colclough family in the early 19th Century (1830), is slowly loosing its battle for survival, its weather beaten and broken trunk it now forma a creative natural sculpture and a focus of fascination and a tribute to nature today, still flowering and bearing fruit on its last surviving boughs.
“Susie’s Orchard” was originally an orchard at the back of the family farmhouse which belonged to Susie. Susie by all accounts was a generous person with a friendly outgoing personality now better described as an individual from a by gone era of “old” Ireland.
Driving on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, I came across Tintern Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey founded by William Marshall, the Earl of Pembroke in c1200. The Abbey was occupied from the 16th Century up to recently by the Colclough Family. Miss Marie Colclough, who lived in the Abbey until the 1960’s, died as recently as 1983.