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Margots Garden 13th May 2017

15 May 2017 20:01:14

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Margot has been asking me now for almost two years to come to Donegal to see her wonderful garden. I really wanted to see it but I just wasnt sure if I would ever get there. But my brilliant daughter, Linda, told me she would drive me up and back if I really wanted to go! We decided to make a weekend of it and we booked a hotel so that our trip wouldnt be rushed. 

We arrived at Margots around 1.30pm on Saturday. It had been a very wet morning while driving up and even when we arrived. Margot, her daughter in law, Ann, and her adorable little grandson, Alex, were there to greet us. By the time we had finished our very enjoyable lunch,  the rain had stopped and we decided it was time to head to the garden!!

Firstly, can I just say that Margot's garden is a credit to her. This is a lady who does all the work herself aside from her son who cuts the grass. 

Margots garden is just incredible. It is set in 3/4 of an acre of stunning gardens. There are beautiful sweeping borders around the house with all sort of planting of every type of perennial, trees  and shrub. I was amazed at how much  colour she had in the garden and how lush the grass was too. So we walked around the garden with Margot carrying a garden fork, while I was allowed to pick and choose what plant I would like, that is how generous Margot is!!So while we continued around the garden,  Linda took a walk along the beautiful beach which is literally across the road from the house along with a gorgeous lighthouse. This house has views to die for and you would never EVER want to leave it, we certainly didnt want to go home.  We talked and talked non stop about the planting, the history of where some of her plants came from, how she acquired others and when she planted them and general chit chat too. I feel like I have know Margot for years, she is so welcoming and so easy to get along with. After looking around the top garden it was then time to head to the lower garden. 

There are steps and gravel paths leading down to the 'lower garden'.....this is just stunning. Here the garden has a rock formation which has been there since the house was built and Margot has planted around these rocks so lovingly. Every turn you take you see something more special.......I have never seen such an array of planting, garden ornaments, beautiful trees, shrubs.......it even has its own pond. Steps leading back up the garden with more outstanding planting. Its all these little extras that give this garden its uniqueness

We were looking around the garden for over 3 hours as there was just so much to take in. I absolutely loved every single minute of it and of course Margot was more than generous in all the plants she gave me, the boot of the car was full. This is one garden that has to be seen to be believed. When you stand at the end of the lower garden and look back up at the house, it is then that you see the full extent of the beauty of the garden where all the rocks are covered in such fantastic planting. 

It was all over all too soon but after a little rest we headed out for dinner in a lovely fish restaurant in Redcastle. Good food and great company ended a fantastic day.  Margot organised another garden visit for us on Sunday, Daphne and Andrew's garden in Kittybane house.....but thats another journal!!

Margot's garden was one garden I was determined to see and I am so glad that I finally made the journey to see it. This has to be seen to be appreciated. I will upload an album which will show you exactly what I mean and will explain to you much better than I can, just how beautiful and stunning this garden is. 

Thank you so much Margot for such great company and such a great weekend. Both Linda and myself thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 20:27:47

That's a great journal, Jackie. Delighted you were able for the long journey. I'm sure your description of Margot's garden is very accurate. Off to look at your album now. 

Eilish Eilish 15 May 2017 20:59:55

Great pics Jackie. 

Wow, Margot, your garden is fabulous.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 15 May 2017 21:02:46

Oh you lucky thing to see Margot's. It is a garden I long to see but can't see myself making it. But I will go now and enjoy the photos ,thanks in advance for taking them!

JoanG JoanG 15 May 2017 21:43:18

Thanks for that wonderful tour of Margot's fabulous garden, such a credit to her and no mean feat to look after it on her own ... but then Margot is so full of energy and works so hard to tend her plants.  So glad you got to see it all and enjoyed your visit. 

Moya Moya 15 May 2017 22:06:13

I agree with every word you have written Jackie. Margot's garden is magnificent and it is wonderful all year round - there is so much colour in August when she has her open day as well which can be a very challenging time in a garden. 

I'm so glad you got to see it and had a wonderful time and I am sorry I missed you as I was away last weekend.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 22:52:22

Totally agree with Moya a fantastic garden. We were lucky enough to have visited two years ago, also in May. A fantastic album and what wonderful views.

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:25:28

Thank you ladies. Im glad you all enjoyed the album. As I said its a magnificent  garden. But it is a long journey to get there but worth it. Not sure I could do it again though, way too much for me. Thank God for my pillows and duvet to lie on while Linda drove. plus I was in bed by 8.30pm that evening!!. But it really was worth it all and I'll remember it for a long time. 

Elizabeth I think you would need to fly there! 

Moya it was a pity you were away. 


accsean accsean 15 May 2017 23:28:29

Lucky you, Jackie. I knew from her journals and comments that Margot would have a fantastic garden, but it is great to see such a great album uploaded of it. She certainly has made the most of an inspiring location.

Moya Moya 15 May 2017 23:31:38

Awe Jackie, I'm sorry to hear that it took so much out of you. I was hoping you might feel inclined to venture forth to this part of Donegal sometime....

I hope you have recovered fully.

Jackie Jackie 15 May 2017 23:40:53

She sure has Sean. 

Moya I would love to also........it's taken it's toll but I'll be fine ;) thanks! 

Fleurette Fleurette 16 May 2017 09:37:44

Oh, Jackie, thank you, thank you for such a generous account of the time you spent .... to the north of "the North" but in the South!  

It was a total joy to welcome you and your lovely smiling happy Linda.  She is a jewel of a daughter to you.  I so much enjoyed being in your company, taking you round the garden and being able to let you have some of Donegal back home with you.  As you say, the plants could have originated, yrs and yrs ago in counties Louth, Armagh, w.Donegal, N.Donegal, Leitrim,  Dublin, Nice (1937 - my parents honeymoon), Brussels, .... and more recently all the .iers , Cork, Antrim,Laois, Tip. Carlow, wexford, Derry Antrim, from gardens, not nurseries!  So, when I share plants, I am sharing my Friends!  

Thank you to all my friends.  And I hope that you, Jackie, have somewhat recovered.  It was very difficult for your back condition, but your trip made me very happy.  

Jackie Jackie 16 May 2017 19:29:19

Margot I only told the truth! It was just amazing!

Yes, Linda is just terrific. She goes out of her way for me to make sure I can go places that she knows I couldnt do on my own. I really appreciate all she does.


Moya Moya 16 May 2017 21:36:01

Maybe next year then Jackie....

sallysarah sallysarah 17 May 2017 07:47:42

Wonderful Journal about a wonderful garden and its wonderful gardener, Jackie!!!!!

Fantastic photos - thank you for letting us see what a glorious day you had with Margo!!

Jackie Jackie 17 May 2017 07:55:10

Thank you Sally I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we did! 

Myrtle Myrtle 17 May 2017 16:09:18

So glad Linda  made it possible for you to visit  Margot's garden, its a real treat. Hope ypu have recovered  from the long trip.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 17 May 2017 16:17:35

Sounds like you had s great weekend Jackie!  Great write-up on Margot's garden that could be adapted to use as the description in Donegal Garden Trail brochure next year! It truly is a great garden in a magnificent setting.

And then you got to Kittybane!  Wow! I just walked around it with you from your description!  Two wonderful gardens, but aren't the gardeners what really make the gardens memorable?  Wonderful ladies!  

Jackie Jackie 17 May 2017 19:25:48

It sure is Myrtle............~Yes Im a certainly not as bad today as I was yesterday!! but so worth it!

Dorothy haha....as if!  I totally agree about the gardeners......because I can tell you for someone who is 'new' to this gardening lark, I am speechless at the warmth and generosity of some people. Here was a woman whom I only met a couple of years ago, welcoming me into her home and her beautiful garden and then to bring me to another garden with an even more wonderful woman and her husband. I tell you it would make your heart feel good but moreso that there  are still such wonderful people in this world. 


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