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A walk in the Wood.

21 April 2017 14:18:09

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Yesterday we went for a lovely woodland walk with friends who live near Piltown, Co Kilkenny. The mature beech trees were just coming in to leaf and had the most gorgeous pale green hue. The ground was covered with a sea of blue from the bluebells punctuated with soft green ferns. However, we went to see the orchids which were thriving here and seeding all around. In the last few years we have become interested in wild orchids and when you start looking it is amazing what you find. It has started me wondering if the conservation of wild areas are increasing, because while travelling to Limerick last weekend,  I did notice when going through some of the villages that verges were not been cut as much as previously even though some of these villages would have entered competitions for well kept areas. Around Cahir there is a wonderful display of wild orchids which flower in June. Being a little untidy sometimes can help our wild flowers increase and long may it last.

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LindaB LindaB 21 April 2017 14:46:19

Great photos Paddy and Mary, great to have a 'walk on the wild side', it always amazes me how much grows in the wild!

Dick Dick 21 April 2017 15:02:37

It can be very relaxing walking through woodland. Things are so natural there unlike the garden at home wher we have plants in specific places. An example is where I took a photo yesterday of an orchid planted where I wanted it but in the woodland they will come up naturally. 

rhody rhody 21 April 2017 15:54:33

We have been in Kilkenny a lot over the years and there is some lovely woods there. Woodland is so relaxing to walk through in Spring and Autumn in particular.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 April 2017 19:55:47

All lovely photos, glad you enjoyed the woodland walk

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 April 2017 20:35:43

I must be doing something right so. My garden is looking pretty wild at the moment. LOL.

Great photos, Mary.

JoanG JoanG 21 April 2017 22:20:26

A nature walk is so good for the heart and soul and that sounds like a lovely woodland, Mary.  Some local authorities have at last been persuaded not to cut their verges to within an inch of their life, in order to help the bees, butterflies and other insect life. Let's hope many more will follow their example.  A good place for wild orchids in the Dublin area is Dollymount in early summer, especially in damp weather. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 22:54:17

Jacinta, I doubt your garden is 'wild' with all the work you have done this week. Thanks to Paddy for the photos as I always forget to bring camera or phone. Joan, it has been years since I have been on Dollymount Strand, must rectify that.

Jackie Jackie 22 April 2017 00:57:01

Sounds like an idyllic day Mary. Lovely photos as usual. 


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