Seeing it was the last week of the holidays, we took my grandchildren for a visit to yet another fabulous garden in West Cork. This one is very child oriented and the children, of which the eldest is 11 and the youngest 3 enjoyed themselves for hours on end. For ourselves it was interesting too with so many different plants, trees – some quite exotic, and different garden landscaping ideas. The children enjoyed the hobbit house and promptly started to play ‘house’ wanting to move in and stay there forever…. they also enjoyed the huge circular lawn and seeing it was a real warm day they went lying on the grass and rolling and frolicking like there was no tomorrow. At every turn among the foliage and shrubs the children found fairy houses and other novelties which they loved. I myself noticed several butterflies among which was a peacock, only my second one this summer. There were some exotic birds and for the children there were young goats and rabbits. Plenty of benches, situated in ideal and peaceful settings made it so that anyone could enjoy this garden and I was glad to notice that. And even though it was now at summer’s end, there were still some lovely flowers in bloom, such as bright yellow Rudbeckia, dark red Dahlias, and other colourful blooms. I also noted the variety of fir and pine trees, including some lovely Larches. Some of the trees were marked with name labels. What I personally like very much too were the statues, giving the garden an old time feeling.
It was our last outing before school started today and I am sure that it will be a lovely memory for all of us. We absolutely love the gardens of West Cork, rain or shine! This time it was actually very warm and dry – but in West Cork you never know what to expect weather-wise, so we were lucky and delighted.