On Saturday, the 24th of February, a contingent of hardy garden visitors braved the freezing weather to go on a Walk & Talk in Coolwater.
Starting with hot soup and sandwiches in the kitchen; this was the view of the Watergarden from the kitchen window.
Then bravely wrapped up in winter clothing, we started the tour. Gradually I could see some white noses turn red and then eventually blue. 🙂 This monkey out in the garden wasn’t relishing the cold weather either.
After the tour, we all returned to the warmth of the kitchen for coffee, tea, cake and the non-drivers had welcome glasses of port to warm themselves up. Despite the bitter cold, everyone seemed to enjoy their tour.
Spring Garden Walks & Talks in Coolwater and Terra Nova.
To welcome in the new spring please join us on a relaxing, informative day of garden walks and talks in two of Limerick’s beautiful gardens.
10.30am Meet & greet with a cuppa and cake and then join Deborah on an exclusive tour of Terra Nova Gardens to enjoy the snowdrops, hellebores and lots of other spring treasures. This is a unique opportunity to see this garden in early spring as Terra Nova has never been open to the public before in February. There will be a small selection of choice plants for sale and an opportunity for any fairy lovers to visit the fairy gift shop which also stocks some unique gifts for gardeners!
12.30pm Arrive at Coolwater Garden where a delicious lunch of homemade soup and an array of lovingly made sandwiches await you.
After lunch Kevin will take you on a tour of Coolwater Garden where you will discover a myriad of beautiful alpines waking from their winter slumber. Coolwater is an example of what can be achieved in a relatively short time with passion, flair and a half acre of land. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and advice on both garden tours. The afternoon will be rounded off with a welcome cuppa and more scrummy cake – yes, we aim to spoil you!
What :- Spring Garden Walk & Talk
Where :- Terra Nova Garden, Dromin, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick & Coolwater Garden, Fedamore Co. Limerick .
Hosts :- Deborah Begley & Kevin Begley
When :- Saturday 24th February 2018
Time :- 10.30am – 3pm
Cost :- €35 which includes entry and personal tours of both gardens plus delicious home made lunch and morning and afternoon tea/coffee and cakes.
Places are limited to 12 people so early booking is advisable. Full payment in advance by 12th February please. Contact Deborah on 086 0658807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place!
Ah, well, December draws to a close. Not much to report in the garden as I was away helping to clear out my mother’s house after she died in November. There was “excitement” in the house while I was away as lighting struck it and mushed a load of things. Very, very fortunate that the house didn’t catch fire as there was nothing too flammable in the area where it melted the phone and blew the alarm off the wall.
I’m installing three uncommon Eucalyptus in the West Garden, where I will restrict their maximum height to around 10 feet. They are E. Sturgissiana (pictured), only found in a restricted area in NSW, E. Macrocarpa from the Perth area, so I’m certainly chancing my arm with that one and E. Neglecta with it’s beautiful leaves.
Planted a few tenderish plants in the early part of December but unfortunately with some of the frosts we’ve had this year reaching to -6°C, quite a few of them are toast. These include a few Lampranthus, Eucomis Comosa and Begonia Garden Angel Blush. Pseudopanax “Moa’s Toes”, pictured here, has survived, though.
Well, when Storm Ophelia tore into Ireland, it didn’t spare Coolwater Garden. The violent wind, from the South East early on in the storm, by coming from a direction different to the prevailing winds uprooted and flattened trees in the garden, which had been protected from the South West. The main feature tree in the West Garden, an Acacia Baileyana Purpurea, is sadly no more. We managed, however, to restore this small Loquat and several other trees upright again, including even Cordylines, which had gone over.
A lot of the glass was whisked away and spread all over our neighbour’s lawn, from the glazed section of the pergola. It was finally all replaced yesterday and I’m sure all the arid plants are breathing combined sighs of relief at the moment in the heavy rain.
Some bits of colour around in October, Daboecia Cantabrica, KR7798, Lewisia, an unknown flower from PGP and a bromeliad recently set swinging from a tree. (It survived Ophelia as well.)
Two flower colour combinations below. Yellow & White and Silver & Purple.
One of the water features, which was felled by Ophelia. Trying at the moment to repair the base with extra strong masonry glue.
The Sandstone Balls, which one would have imagined to have gone flying around the garden, never stirred from their positions. One of them pictured here.
And last of all, this Drimys is rather confused about the seasons. Its Spring 2017 flowers had turned to pink berries and were well on their way to turning Winter Black when it decided that it would have another comprehensive flush of flowers again !
Back out to the garden again now, to continue fixing up things after that storm.