It's a miserable and wet Sunday morning here in West Cork. So I thought I would trawl through my photographs and show you some more of my 'interesting' photographs. One of my interests along with self supporting, writing, rock music, watching Manchester United on Sky, reading and real ale is visiting stately houses and exploring their gardens.
The picture above is taken a couple of years ago at Derreen gardens near Lauragh on the Beara Peninsula. The Gulf Stream currents make it possible for all kinds of weird and exotic plants to grow. That's a wonderful soft tree fern called: Dickonsia Antartica. Interestingly enough people started growing these by accident.
Years ago when people like the Tolpuddle Martyrs where deported to Australia. The sailors realised that they need needed ballast for the return journey back to Blighty. So they cut down the tree ferns and filled the ships hold with them for buoyancy. On return they threw them into the harbour. Some must of washed up or somebody planted them and incredibly they grew roots. People started to sell them and plant them in the large gardens.
To quote Michael Caine:
"Not many people know that."
Derreen House in all it's glory.
The beauty of West Cork scenery.