the last days of the season

garinish island glengarriff

A particular lovely morning, we are on our last trip to Garinish Island in 2011. You see it as the dark silhouette at the right side of the photograph.

garinish island glengarriffThere are still flowering shrubs like those two miniature fuchsias in pink and in crimson red and also most of the Eucryphias. Some leaves are as pretty as flowers like those of the huckleberry (Gaylussacia).

garinish island glengarriffEucryphia lucida pleases with a lovely smell reminding of jasmine.

garinish island glengarriffOne of Murdo Mackenzie’s favourite plants were all kinds of Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple). This species Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ in the Happy Valley looks like a burning bush as it is well placed in front of dark foliage.

garinish island glengarriffGaultheria mucronata (former Pernettya) from Chile and Argentina thrives well in the acidic soil of the island, the beautiful berries are grown for food in South America but their taste is quite neutral. To grow the fruits you have to plant shrubs of different sexes.

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enjoy the last island-days for 2011

Garinish Island GlengarriffJust a few more days left to admire the autumnal atmosphere on Garinish Island for this year. And to have a look at the remaining wonderful dahlias in the walled garden. The mexican flowers got their name from the renowed Swedish botanist Anders Dahl (1751-1789).

Garinish Island GlengarriffThose are the beautiful leaves from Gaylussacia ursina, the Bear Huckleberry.

the happy valley

Garinish Island GlengarriffI added some colour to an extremely rough photograph of the Happy Valley so it is better to recognize that there was a nice path along the Port Rock which is now overgrown. It is from The Sunday Independent from October 1927. At the right side of the picture the steps to the Temple can be seen (the Temple is dissolved in the mist of the blurred background).