Monday, April 23, 2012

Clematis Montana

Loving my clematis at the moment all two of them!
This one on the left is the newer of the two and is blossoming all over!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Where I grew up in a suburb of Cork City called Ballyphehane,the local corporation had the foresight at the time to plant these beautiful cherry blossom trees all along the main road on both sides.This was back in 1956 approx.To this day they flower and add so much to the area,a few of them have had to be chopped down due to disease or for safety reasons.The cherry blossoms were put alongside evergreen trees which have their own beauty too but I love to take a trip out to see the pink cherry blossoms which seem to be at their best around now.

Trees by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earths flowing breast
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain
Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Weekend Wanderings

Yesterday(Monday)was a bank holiday here in Ireland,easter weekend,so we made the short road trip to Cobh in Co. Cork,to see the much heralded arrival of the MS Balmoral which had sailed the previous day from Southampton in England to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.Passengers on board were dressed in the fashion of the time and seemed to be lending an air of celebration to the proceedings which gave rise to some objections to the whole affair being aired on local radio this morning!However on the quayside I believe there was a respectful ceremony held by those involved. It certainly brought out the crowds to the small town for a few hours and the weather held up for most of the day too.Traffic jams were the order of the day on leaving! First we made a call to the stately St.Colmans Cathedral which dominates the towns skyline and is so visible to all who sail in the harbour on their crossings to France and the luxury liners which have been coming here now in increasing numbers for years. On Holy Saturday night last Mass was televised on the national channel from St.Colmans and I am sure it led to a few extra visitors over the weekend.Cobh is a town notorious for hills and the following photo shows this row of houses in ascending order!

Intricate stonework on the exterior of the cathedral.

Not a great photo but you can see the lovely stained glass window,maybe it could be compared to that other famous Rose window in Notre Dame in Paris!
One of the many floral arrangements in the cathedral.

Confessional,do not think I would be brave enough!
The majestic interior of the Cathedral.
The bells ring out over Cobh and are truly beautiful!

Crowds lined the quayside to welcome the passengers and crew from the ship,the majority of people lined the upper streets which look down on the quay and some lucky people just stepped onto their driveways!
Storm clouds approaching!
The MS Balmoral,berthed at the quayside with a welcome marquee set up for the ceremonies.At this time a local band were playing on the quayside before the passengers disembarked,some dressed in the clothes of the time.

Just as we left the town a beautiful big rainbow arched itself over the ship!
Happy Gardening!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Garden

Forget me Not from last years planting,a lovely bolt of blue in the garden..........and a selection of more that are good for eye candy at the moment!
My little wild primrose from Co.Tipperary! I think my husband dug half of this up last year,glad to see some survived!
Acer looking ace right now! somewhere that they have done very well this year!
Hosta just filling out now....
Rhododendron looking swell!

Front garden view,forest flame,azalea and heather.
Happy Gardening!