Could somebody tell me which kind of plant (I suppose heather but which one) bears those lovely purple flowers? is there a gardener out there? It grows between the lawn area and the wonderful huge cedar Cedrus deodara.
I went to see the kind of a “sister-island” in Southern Germany:
Mainau. The exotic old trees – including huge palms, some flowering
osmanthus, the rose garden and many other details strongly reminded me
of Garinish. Even the original family wasn’t purely local/German: 1932 Count Lennart Bernadotte inherited the overgrown isle with traces of celtic inhabitants from his father, the Swedish King Gustav V. A decade ago they had 2 mill. visitors p/y!!!! Why shouldn´t Garinish and Mainau start a European garden partnership to exchange expertise, to market each other and to promote common ideals?
The Blue Pool Ferry leaves from the most beautiful Blue Pool in Glengarriff to Garinish Island. The name reflects the amazing colour of the water on sunny a day. The boatmen Tony, John Henry and Peter did their very best to prepare the boats for the summer season. While the “Blue Pool I” started services to Garinish Island on April 2, the “Blue Pool 2” got an extra paint finish from John Henry O´Sullian (photo) in “dry dock”.
The Harbour Queen is the ferry leaving from Glengarriff Pier (opposite Church Café) to Garinish Island. The friendly boatmen’s ferry schedule can be found on their website.