first visit 2012

Garinish IslandGarinish 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.

Garinish IslandThe 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.

michelia doltsopa

garinish island glengarriff

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.

crocodile rock

garinish island glengarriffdo you happen to see any shape on that rock?

garinish island glengarriffIt 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.

garinish island glengarriffSome people mistake Hoheria glabrata for jasmin. It blooms in the Walled Garden.

garinish island glengarriffNearby 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.

new plans for garinish island

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.