Thank you for the days is kind of how I'm feeling this evening. First of all it has been a most beautiful summer's day here in Dublin today. It might be our last for this season, but we made the best of it. All day in the garden, moving plants, potting up stray seedlings that have popped up in the garden (who knows when they might come in handy?); lunch, dinner, and a bit of just sitting, in disbelief, under a blue cloudless sky. We weren't the only ones - finally we welcomed some bees into the garden today. There were bumble bees knocking around this morning at about half-past seven--filling the gaps in the blackbird's song with their low, comfortable drone--and later in the day, some plain old honey bees trying to nudge the Cotoneaster flowers to open their still tight buds. The garden has really filled out in the last couple of weeks, racing to catch up with the season after such an abysmally long, grey spring: the graceful arches of Solomon's Seal are echoed in the unfurling Adiantum. The pendulous Bleeding Hearts are a more show-offey reminder of the fairly demure-looking bells on the Enkianthus. And a gorgeous Erysimum, that I bought from an alpine gardener in April at one of the shows, does just what I wanted it to do--its colours a perfect foil to the purpley-black foliage of the Ophiopogon. (Any artist reading this, do feel free to let me know just what those colours are?)
|Solomon's Seal and friends|
|Smilicina and Rodgersia|
|Erysimum and Ophiopogon|
|It's tough, having to go to these meetings.... Cottage orneé in Kilfane Glen|
|Osmunda regalis does the crozier thing in Kilfane Glen|
|Tulips and (in the outer circle) Camassias and bluebells in the orchard at Kilfane|
|I mourned my own Acer palmatum dissectum all the more when I saw this one at Burtown House|
|A lovely example of the small garden trees (the Cornus and the Acer)|
complementing and echoing the mature trees behind.
|Sculpture in the meadow|
|Viola 'Molly Sanderson' by Wendy Walsh; one redoubtable woman saluting another.|
And if you're still in the mood for music, this is one of the richest folk voices ever:
Stan Rogers singing Dark-Eyed Molly
Have a good week all.