fredag, juni 10, 2011
Mount Usher Gardens
Home again! From a wonderful vacation in beautiful Ireland. What a lovely country it is, with its amazing greenery, charming architecture and pretty gardens. One of the best examples of all of the above must be the Mount Usher house and gardens.
Voted the best and most romantic Irish garden to visit, and one of Monty Don´s (and my) top favourites anywhere (and I dare say Monty Don has visited a few more gardens than I have!)
The gardens are a true Robinsonian jewel, with its naturalistic approach to planting and landscaping. "This is an art which does mend nature, change it rather; but the art itself is nature".
Robinson advocated using permanent planting rather than bedding plants, and believed in achieving an apparently informal garden experience by mixing the native and the exotic.
I spent hours wandering around the extensive gardens on the banks of the river Varty, admiring and dreaming. After which I was more than ready for a delicious lunch at the Avoca-run Garden Café.
If Mount Usher gardens are my top favourite garden anywhere, then Avoca must be my top favourite store anywhere! And the Avoca Greenhouse Garden Store is a case in point (I only wish I had a larger suitcase... but even so I managed to squeeze in a plant or two...)
But now I am back home again, ready to give a little bit of attention to my own plants, which seem to have doubled in size in my absence. Full of new energy and inspiration I can hardly wait (for the rain to stop and) to set to work!