Ireland, even in the wildest areas of Connemara, appeared to us to be one large garden in the summer. The daisies, buttercups, foxgloves, briar roses, meadow crane's bill, cowbane, hog's weed, Queen Anne's Lace, to name but a few, made every day such a pleasure as we drove down deep green, lush, winding country lanes (and got ourselves hopelessly lost, a lot of the time). A few more signposts would have been very welcome!!
But it was such a delight to get lost and to find unexpected treasures around the next bend.
Your whole group of artists will now want to explore this natural garden. I am delighted that you have so very much enjoyed it all, as this beautifully composed image reveals.
Thank you for your lovely comments, as always, Ian. I just wish we could have spent a little longer than 3 days in the area, but our son had to be back for pressing commitments in Cork so we enjoyed our brief spell with him in Connemara as best we could.
I am so excited that you are now in Tonga - and never realised that you were actually settling there. It must be a wonderful, interesting and rewarding experience and we are looking forward to seeing and hearing more about it in the next months.
God bless and *"hamba kahle" Ian
*(Zulu translation: Go well/carefully)
This is my favourite one so far Hazel, so misty and beautiful. I'm delighted that you have found the wild gardens of Ireland to your liking, the plants may not be so exotic as what you are used to, but they have a delicate beauty all of their own :)
Hi Amelia - so pleased to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, the plants are delicate but so lovely - I just enjoyed them all. Will post one for you that totally stunned me - a blue Abutilon! Have only ever seen them in shades of yellow/reds.
It was a whole journey of discovery: we visited several Nurseries and recommended one to our son, who will talk to them when he's ready to go ahead with his garden (which we discovered is a lovely little patch of heavily clayed meadow with clover, daisies, buttercups and a pink flowered creeping plant (Dove's Foot?) to name but a few. It gets full sun at the moment but that will change with the seasons. Have also given him a tentative garden plan to show the locals when he is ready. Then its over to the them!
Warmest wishes, Hazel
Lovely photo Hazel. I have these foxglove plants in the garden. I grow them every year, but the ones in your photo seem much better and stronger.Probully the dirt is better! (Maybe I should say soil) but we out here call is dirt, well I do, in anyway:-)))Beautiful photo. Thanks Hazel:-)
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Photo taken in Connemara Loop, Co. Galway, Ireland
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