Garinish Island opened very late this year. So missed the blooms of some of the most marvellous camellias. But the lovely Michelia doltsopa (new name Magnolia doltsopa) is in full flower.
The scent of the ivory whitish blooms depends on the stage of opening of the buds, at it’s height it is clearly lemony with a hint of vanilla and clove, really mouth watering.
One of the most beautiful natural perfumes emerges from the magnolia-like blooms of the quite frost-tender Michelia tree. The very new scientific name is Magnolia doltsopa. The scent reminds of grated lemon peel with vanilla and a hint of clove. The tree in the Southern part of the Walled Garden suffered a lot during the last two winters, its top looks battered. But it is still carrying some flowers (the normal blooming period would be very early spring). It is native to the Eastern Himalayan region and the Meghalaya subtropical forests in India, it varies in form from bushy to narrow and upright, and can grow to a height of 30 metres (98 ft) tall.
do you happen to see any shape on that rock?
It is almost July and the leptospermums (manuka trees) are still blooming. After the cold winter we are having a rather dark but very dry summer. The pond is quite empty and extremely brownish.
Some people mistake Hoheria glabrata for jasmin. It blooms in the Walled Garden.
Nearby the dahlias below another Hoheria are still tiny. Some of their huge flowers will be the glorious reward for the very last visitors at the end of October.
The thalictrums are in full flower in the walled garden, what a beauty!
And the lovely cupckes of the pink Kalmia are about to open.
The four corners of the Walled Garden are getting new roofs: three gazebos and the clock tower were each hidden in scaffolding for some time.
Some odd griselinias had to be removed behind the southeast gazebo. So a new view towards the clocktower was created – seen from the steps leading from the Martello Tower toward the Dell.
Good News for Garinish Island: The Casita will be opened this year for a few weeks, the old gardener´s cottage will be launched as a museum-cafeteria-art exhibition within two years, the Centenary Garden is on the way and the clock tower is receiving a face-lift.
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.
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.