Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mt Usher Gardens

 Recently we went on a visit to Mt Usher Gardens in Wicklow. If you've never been there, do go, it really is a beautiful place and a very natural garden. The river Vartry flows through it, and the owners live in a wonderful house which you can see as you walk around but the garden is so cleverly managed that although you can get close to it and feel as if you are there, the residents still have their privacy and distance from visitors.
 There are several little bridges crossing the river, and different walks to take, in woodland and in more open spaces. There is a little pet cemetry too for all the much-loved furry members of the families that have lived here.
 And there is a glorious wildflower meadow that you can walk through, with a row of foxgloves along one edge. There was an abundance of poppies and marigolds when we visited, but the blue cornflowers and Nigellas were just ready to open.
 This lamp-post reminded me a little of Narnia, it is on the path up to one of the gates into the private section of the garden.

 You can wander round little winding paths or there are bigger more open grassy spaces too, and lots of wild orchids to be found too. The original owner collected trees from around the world and it has many tall eucalpytus trees as well as wedding-cake trees and a handkerchief tree.
 It was a beautiful day, not too hot, with fish jumping in the river. This suspension bridge bounces as you walk across it, it's a bit alarming!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for those, Lisa! The lamppost always reminded us of Narnia too. And the beautiful spruce tree near them, though it hasn't aged well.
    I always remember my mother nearly dropping the car keys through a gap in the suspension bridge! Lovely to see the wildflower meadow. You make me want to pay a visit!!