Sunday, June 27, 2010

Garden Beauties!

Busy Lizzies looking good!

Stargazer Lily

Purple spires of Monkshood! Looking great this year!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stargazer lilies ready to burst open,making great progress in the present hot spell!

Patio Rose basking in the hot sun!

Busy Bee !
Bought a little gadget at Bloom which enables you to make a little corsage type arrangement around a nice bottle of wine maybe as a present for someone or just for home decor like I have done here! Also did one in a cup and saucer which was designed for the purpose, I used an artificial arrangement in this one, the cup is actually glued to the saucer,but I guess you could use any pretty cup and saucer and do the same!
A plastic holder is placed over the top of a wine bottle or any other type of bottle, place oasis dry or fresh in the holder and arrange flowers , fresh or artificial,to complete the look!Nice to give as a present especially if the bottle holds champagne!
Close up of the orchid in a tea cup!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer Flowers and Mail!

I got mail! This morning I received my letter from my blog partner in Idaho USA! We were partnered in a letter swap run by Elizabethd at French Village Life. You can tell this lady loves pink and roses! The notepaper was embossed with her name on it too,lovely!
Connie lives in the US as I said but she has practically been on my doorstep having visited Blarney among other places in recent years! I could be in Blarney in about 25mins by car on a good day! Thanks Connie for your lovely letter!

A selection of whats looking good in the garden right now, Monkshood,spot the busy bee if you click on photo!

Love those poppies
Crocosmia yet to flower and lillies in the foreground
Peach poppies and a new heuchera marmalade behind them.
Sambuca black lace a beautiful flowering shrub,its never looked so good as this!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Prayers and Processions

Each year on the first Sunday in June Cork holds its Eucharistic Procession.Our Bishop, John Buckley leads the way to the altar specially erected on high in Daunts Square between Patricks St. and the junction with the Grand Parade. In past years thousands of corkonians turned up for this event and you would be hard put to see the altar unless you came nice and early, but the numbers have been diminishing steadily. This year being a bank holiday weekend and Cork playing an important championship hurling match in Killarney further added to the crowd being down but still it was well supported. The sun shone (too hot for some) and it proved to be a lovely occasion again to attend.It only takes about 35 minutes for the benediction ceremony and homily but an hour for waiting for everyone to get in place!

It was all a little too much for this little doggie!
Seating provided for those who need outside the Queens Old Castle beside the altar.

Looking down the Grand Parade
My two grand nieces with their Father leading the way from Farranree parish (Sinead on the right in pink and if you look close you will see Aoife s left leg behind her Father!)

A first communion child all dressed up for the procession

Our polish community have formed an important part of this procession for a few years now and receive gracious applause from the crowd for making such a great effort each year.

Men,women and children turned out in large numbers!

Our Indian community providing much needed colour to the procession

Members of the army from Collins Barracks standing to attention in front of the altar.
Bishop John Buckley leaving the altar and heading up Patricks St. to the North Chapel.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bloom 2010 !

Photos following from Bloom 2010 Ireland Phoenix Park Dublin!Too tired to itemise every photo but had a great day! Must say I missed my strawberries and champagne! Not available this year........why?

At last a glass of wine and time to relax! Notice the flowers and their position!

Our world renowned chef Darina Allen signing her book "long forgotten skills" at the show.
A long awaited glass of wine! Notice I placed the flowers in a strategic position! Believe it or not these were the last two glasses of wine they had left!!!!