July continued on from June in being cooler and wetter than normal. A big difference to our weather in May. But, as you can see, the jungle, pictured above, prospered and the foliage became dense. And on the other side of the Water Garden, this sedum was rampaging in among the bamboos.
A couple of objects featuring in the garden. This very old iron Milk Churn has a top hat of another type of sedum and a terracotta urn, rescued from a skip, boasts its hat of sempervivums.
Below is Gladiolus flanaganii from the Drakensburgs and an Echinopsis from the Abbey Brook Nursery. The main picture, at the top, is of the Cabana, which went up this month. Perfect for when it is raining.
Well, June started with a drought carried on from May but ended with cold, wet, windy weather, most unlike June and thus the title of this entry.
Below are some wild Orchids that volunteered to join the Arum Lilies in our water garden. Three are pictured out of four that arrived from nowhere.
This Beschorneria, which formerly flowered to fourteen feet long has been made to mind its manners by being incarcerated in this extra large pot, a metre wide. Now the flower spike only reaches to four feet or so and doesn’t get in anyone’s way.
A view of the coombe in the West Garden. The Euphorbia is Tasmanian Tiger. To the left of it is a new planting of Cercis canadensis “Forest Pansy”.
Agapanthus “Jacaranda” always seems to give a mighty display each year. Grown in the Xeric Bed, it rarely sees water.
And below, “Devil’s Claw” Physoplexis comosa, truly a magnet for both home-carrying and homeless molluscs. I have it defended by a barrier of microbore.
The weather in May has been absolutely glorious, day after day of unending sunshine but, with virtually no rain, the plants in the garden have started suffering. No drought problem for the water lilies, though. From a single tuber ten years ago, this pink water lily now boasts 220 flowers. It possibly has Genghis Khan DNA. 🙂 Days on the patio have been also brightened by this self-seeding Erinus alpinus, which sees every joint as an opportunity.
Last year we had planted into the end of a 600 gallon oil tank. This, below, is the result and shortly we expect the tank will disappear completely underneath the foliage.
Below shows part of the Japanese Maple bed behind the two poles holding up the canopies in the West garden and one of the Trachycarpus fortunei in the Water Garden flowering.
Hoping for some rain as early as possible next month as there are over two hundred containers here to be watered daily plus the gardens.
April is one of the months that the Japanese Maples really shine. Below is “Orange Sunrise”.
Competing with them on the other side of the West Garden are the Flowering Cherries. Maybe the Cherries are reaching the end of their life: a lot of their branches are dead and their trunks ooze liquid.
Three of the many Alpines that are on show this month are Ramonda from the Pyrenees, Rhodohypoxis and Jeffersonia dubia below.
Meanwhile in the pond the leaves of the Butterbur are starting to expand as the flowers begin fading.
Coolwater is closed at present because of the coronavius crisis so a few pictures to show you what it’s like at present.
This we call Alligator Alley, although there are no such creatures in Ireland. Too cold here for them. 🙂
Beside the pond is a four feet tall concrete pot and to my surprise up came a whole load of tulips this Spring. I had completely forgotten about them and had planted something else on top. But tulips being tulips were not to be denied. 🙂 They also seem to have multiplied quite vigorously.
In the middle of the month I made a new Cactus bed and planted these fellows. It took two of us to lift the Echinocactus grusonii into position. One person couldn’t possibly lift it, it was so heavy. It came from a nursery in Cornwall. Beside it are two Bunny Ears from Shropshire, the albino version and the ordinary one.
And last but not least, I acquired a couple of Pseudopanax laetus. I really love the five fingered leaves on this small tree. This one is planted in the West Garden. I’ve still to find a place for the other.
Coolwater Garden has joined the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Partner Garden Scheme and RHSI members will gain free entry to the garden. Visits will still have to be pre-booked in advance.
This winter has been a disastrous one for the Coolwater Alpines. Constant winter wet has destroyed so many plants this year. Below, the picture shows the state of one of our Lewisia Cairns: all the plants have rotted away.
Our Riparian Sculpture contrasts against the white winter-flowering heather.
View of the larger patio across the Water Garden.
And a view of the Xeric Bed across the Water Garden. The Agaves are getting very big now and soon may be touching the glazed cover on the pergola.
One of the garages in Coolwater is actually built on the old Limerick to Cork road, which had been discontinued as a main road around 1745 when a new one was constructed a mile away. We’ve made use of a small space behind this garage to construct new compost bays for our garden.
On the right in the picture above, you can see part of the ‘old road’ wall, built from limestone.
To gain access behind the garage you walk along the top of the newly capped old road wall and down the steps.
I can imagine that when we empty all the contents of our present compost bins into here, it’ll be fairly full. 🙂 The concrete base is actually two feet above the base of the garage, which is not at all obvious from the picture. (There’s a gravel walkway between the bays and the garage.)