Sunday, 5 April 2015

A Stroll Around Derreen Gardens Kerry On Good Friday

William Worsdworth would have liked these.

Friends to some and enemies to others.  Rhododendrons all ready in bloom.  The Gulf Stream brings them into flower much earlier than when we lived in England.  

Flying fried eggs?



My old pals: Antartica Dickonsia.  I love tree ferns.  Apparently tree ferns came back in the holds of convict ships from Australia.  They used them for ballast in the now empty ships.  When they got back to Blighty.  They threw them into the bay and they sprouted.  Somebody planted them and everybody wanted one.  

Hows that for a Summer House?

The ladies bathing area.  You could just imagine them gentry ladies in the nineteen twenties going for a midnight swim after dancing the Charleston.  

Summer house from another angle.


Storm Darwin uprooted a lot of trees last year.








Houses for the little people.  There were quite a few coins placed in them.  The Irish are very superstitious and believe in luck.  We all need it don't we?





This rare tree had almost fallen over so some very clever and strong people made this wooden support complete with a length of threaded bar through it.

Magnolia in flower.  It looked like the paint.  

Derreen House.  It's not open to the public.  Home of the Marquess of Landsdowne.  

The old subterranean boiler room to heat the glasshouse and glass frames.  Exotic fruit like Pineapples for the gentry.  
Happy Easter folks.  It was a lovely day when we ventured over to Kerry on Good Friday. We had decided to visit a new garden and promptly took the wrong turn at Kenmare bridge.  After an heated argument blaming each other.  We decided to go back and visit Derreen Gardens which we last visited about 5 years ago.  We weren't disappointed.  Why don't you visit a formal garden this bank holiday weekend?

12 comments:

  1. I noticed today that my rhubarb is out. And I've never seen it so red. And the purple heather is majestic. I wonder what it all means. Maybe it's the climate change.

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  2. Hi Gwil. I think it's high pressure giving us wonderful weather and our plants like it. I visited Vienna and Bratislava last July. A Euro for a pint of Dunkels! Wonderful Bratislava. I loved the spectacle of the Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel that featured in the Third Man film. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Enjoyed sharing your trip to the gardens, in particular I took a liking to the houses for the 'little people'. No out and about trips for us this weekend.......doing things in the house...Lester sanding beams, and me painting ceilings. Ah well, at least we had the windows open so we could enjoy the warmth of the sun!

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  4. Glad enjoyed the garden visit, Vera. Look forward to reading about your trips on your blog. I am painting the outside of our house this week. Painting is like weeding. You are always at it. Thanks!

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  5. You are far in front of us here in the east. As I glance out of the window this afternoon it is dull and as grey and even the grass has yet to turn green from its winter hue. The only sign of Spring and better things to come are the leaves just coming on the crab apple tree this weekend.

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    1. Blighty is supposed to be getting the heatwave this week Rachel. Time for a trip to the seaside perhaps? Thanks!

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  6. So you did get to visit the gardens.

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    1. Not the one we wanted to visit Cumbrian. Will save that for another blog post. Thanks!

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  7. Lovely spot to visit by the looks of your photographs my man, Tree ferns are bloody wonderful...so prehistoric, and yes I've planted one in my small wildlife garden with no justification except I love em.

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    1. Good morning my man. Tree ferns are amazing. You live near some fine gardens John. Have you visited Cholmondley Castle in Cheshire? Wonderful place with a very good tea rooms. Thanks!

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  8. Such a lovely,group of photos, love the flying fried eggs. The summer house is lovely too. Such wonderful plants and trees

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  9. Thanks BG. The summer house is magnificent. I love large estate houses and their gardens. Especially walled kitchen gardens. Now is the perfect time to visit them. Thanks for your comment.

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