Have you ever had a closer look to those two circles below the roof of the Medici House? One depitcs a dragon or lion with wings, the other shows a saint with wings or some kind of angel. Two of the four apostles? Who knows more about those crests?
Illnacullin – as it is described in an old brochure from 1946: A visit to this privately owned island, a mile from the shore and also locally known as Garnish or the “Near island”, is well worth while, on account of what is perhaps a unique combination of landscape and garden. The collection of plants is of a varied and extensive nature, ranging from herbaceous, water and bulbous plants to South African, Australasian and South American trees and shrubs, and the beauty and interest of the individual plants are enormously enhanced by the setting of trees, rock, sea and mountain, which in places has been formalised by buildings and gardens in the Italian style. Landing fee 2 pounds, Boats for hire at Roche’s Point, the Sand Quay and Poulgorm.
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.