now and then

Garinish Island GlengarriffLong gone are the days when laughing children and happy adults were enjoying summer days at the bathing box near the East Pier on Garinish Island. On the right photograph from 1912 later owner Roland Bryce is sitting on the first step of the wooden ladder, his sister Margery (middle of the ladder) is looking into the camera. She became an actress who mainly performed in London. Recently a nice photograph with her portait was published and is being sold as a notecard (click).

Now the bathing box is a deserted and dark spot reminding of times past when the island was loved and tendered by it`s gardeners and owners.

Garinish Island GlengarriffAround some paths though there is a magnificent display of colours.

Garinish Island GlengarriffEven when the sky is grey the azaleas can be admired from far away. Some are highly fragrant and attract amazed visitors like hungry bees…

rare and huge rhododendrons

Garinish Island GlengarriffAfter an extremely strong winter: Many leptospermums didn’t survive the strong frosts but a few are starting to bloom. The struggling acacia (mimosa) at the steps to the temple died and the whole corner was cleared.

garinish island glengarriffThe rhododendrons are gorgeous!

garinish island glengarriffSooooo soft, those leaves of Rhodendendron yakushimanum are like velvet!

garinish island glengarriffEven a fading rhododendron can be of immense beauty when it builds up a carpet of blooms.

garinish island glengarriffThe exhibition in the Casita isn’t illuminated anymore (and the wisteria seems quite week after the low temperatures). The ancient sarcophagus and good old leo (the one who lost his face) dissapeared, maybe for restauration?

rhododendron macabeanum

Garinish Island GlengarriffOne of the remarkable plant hunters to the Far East was Frank Kingdon Ward (1885-1958), he brought Rhododendron macabeanum from the Himalayan Mountains to
Europe. A beautiful plate below the tall plant – at the moment in full
bloom – is dedicated to him (with a typo in his name! 😉 Read more about the interesting life of the explorer here and let him tell you about his adventures in his book Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges. A specimen of Rhododendron macabeanum in the East Garden (closed to the public) comes from the seeds of Kingdon-Ward, as former head-gardener Murdo Mackenzie noted in his plant lists.

garinish island glengarriff