Inside and outside the walls of the Kitchen Garden there are many beautiful climbers mostly unnoticed by the rushing visitors. The back of the clocktower displays lovely pink blooms of Abelia.
As a nice introduction to the upcoming “The Garinish Island – Centenary Talk Series” starting on June 24th we had the opportunity to listen to a Midsummer Miscellany: excerpts from well known texts as well as poetry, both international
and home produced, together with musical interludes and slide-show. Well done readers!
The view towards Garinish from Bamboo Park was lovely today early in the morning! Probably people rowed over to the island from this place in former times.
Don’t the buds and flowers of Kalmia look like sweet cupcakes and icecream? A white one can be found just at the steps of the tea-and-coffee-yard and a red one can be admired near the huge Himalayan cedar at the big lawn.
I went to see Murdo Mackenzies grave, felt somehow sorry to see no flowers nor any greenery whatsoever on his last resting place. He was the dedicated head gardener of Garinish/Illnacullin and devoted 55 years of his life to create this paradise. The created the variegated cultivar of Griselinia littoralis ‘Bantry Bay’.
The view across the harbour towards Bantry is breath taking.
But he would have detested all the weeds growing around the scenic place…
We counted the annual rings of the fallen huge pine which made place for the OPW Garinish Island Centenary Garden between the lawn and the walled garden: 86! So it was planted around 1924. The tree had a remarkable oval shape.
This is the spot, where the OPW Garinish Island 100 Centenary Garden is going to be opened. This will be OPWs contribution to Garinish´s 100th birthday celebrations as a garden island. OPW is the Office of Public Works. It maintains the garden for the people of Ireland.
Don’t the curtains of wisteria around the casita look gorgeous? The renovation of the roof was thoroughly done around the huge plants in the eighties. It was really worth letting it grow. Unfortunately the glorious Clianthus puniceus (Kakabeak, Parrot’s Bill or Lobster Claw, pic below) with it’s deep red didn’t survive the chilly winter. It had decorated the ballustrade below the wisteria.
The water lilies are gorgeous, the beds around the pond are immaculate and
waiting for the next plants (nicotianas?) after the forget-me-nots did a great job. But the bottom of the pond urgently needs a thorough cleaning as the water hasn’t been blue for ages, what a pity!
Funny to see the bare garden on this photograph from 1913. The Casita isn’t surrounded by camellias and rhododendrons and the Happy Valley looks like a motorway!!! Can you recognize the Eccles in the right back corner?