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.
There 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).
Eucryphia lucida pleases with a lovely smell reminding of jasmine.
One 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.
Gaultheria 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.
Just 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).
Those are the beautiful leaves from Gaylussacia ursina, the Bear Huckleberry.
Do you recognize the steps behind the boathouse? looked quite different back in April 1912! Those and the boathouse were among the very first structures built on Garinish.
While the folks from the OPW are around planning the improvements around the Gardener’s Cottage the more than rare (in Europe) Schima khasiana tree in the Jungle has been in full bloom. The fragrant white flowers look like those of some camellias.
Before the building works in the Italian Garden were even properly started the first artefacts arrived on the freshly built pier in April 1911, safely packed in wooden boxes. Where might the lovely marble with the two lovers be?
I 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).