Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hardymount Gardens, County Carlow, Ireland

Hardymount Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow. t: 059-9151769One of the largest Spanish chestnuts in Ireland greets travelers on arrival to 2.5 acres of lawns and shrubs surrounded by magnificent beech and oak trees. A wonderful walled garden behind the house contains many unusual plants and flowers in the herbaceous border - lilac colored Erysimum, yellow helianthus, beds of old roses, downy variegated mint, mimosa, blue agapanthus, California poppies, Chinese foxgloves and much, much more. The grass paths take you past the pond with lilies and fish to espaliered apple trees, Lobelia tupa, a pergola clothed with wisteria and underplanted with hollyhocks and foxgloves and on to a vegetable garden. A Summer House at the end of the garden in a sheltered corner provides a quiet area for rest and relaxations. A truly amazing walled garden worth knowing because of its owner and her dedication to gardening.

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