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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

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Visiting

24 February 2017 23:37:32

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Elizabeth is soon to return home so we were trying to plan a visit to a certain garden before she did but we were having difficulty co-ordinating the diaries (as we busy gardeners do). In desperation and to avoid disappointing Elizabeth I suggested we make do with a trip to Altamont. So off we headed bright and early - yese, really bright anyway as the sun was doing us proud! 

Well would you believe it - we had only got as far as Abbeyleix when the phone rang and guess what? the diaries had come together at last so a quick change of direction was called for!

So off we went to the depths of Carlow to finally catch up with Scrubber and Mrs. Scrubber, "Whats new pussycat" and all the denizens of the Scrub! And what a great day! The rain managed to hold off until we drove out the gate on our way home!

Every visit to this lovely garden is a joy. This was my first spring visit and I was not disappointed! Someone kept trying to convince us that the snowdrops had gone over but we didn't believe a word of it! The artfully placed snowdrops in the Lower Lawn, the serendipitous snowdrops here and there through the woodland , the fabulous helebores, all were flowering their socks off! Michilin Dee managed to shake of his autumn leaves but declined to invite us in for tea as Sebina was away for the day! 

We wended our way down the lovely woodland paths admiring once again the astonishing rocks that are such a feature of this area.Making the circuit of the garden we arrived back to the more formal garden at the front of the house where Anna was waiting to invite us in for tea and some of her delicious fruit-cake. so after a lovely chat over the tea we headed for home.

Thank you Peter for a truly lovely day - and definitely much more enjoyable than Altamont would have been :-)


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Jackie Jackie 24 February 2017 23:43:14

Sounds just pure bliss. I'm so glad you both enjoyed your visit. Peters  photos sure tell a magical tale of a beautiful place. That is definitely one trip I would love to make some day. 


Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 00:46:39

And we will see you jackie never fear. It was lovely to eventually get our diaries-more mine than hazels to co-incide. I was thrilled to have such appreciative visitors-I dont think we ever went so slowly around the  scrub but every detail was seen and admired and commented on. The Scrub Denizens thought 'they were lovely ladies' and so they were and are. Many thanks for all the lovely comments hazel. (The snowdrops  by the way had gone over!} It was a lovely day for us as well.


Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 00:46:40

And we will see you jackie never fear. It was lovely to eventually get our diaries-more mine than hazels to co-incide. I was thrilled to have such appreciative visitors-I dont think we ever went so slowly around the  scrub but every detail was seen and admired and commented on. The Scrub Denizens thought 'they were lovely ladies' and so they were and are. Many thanks for all the lovely comments hazel. (The snowdrops  by the way had gone over!} It was a lovely day for us as well.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2017 07:34:10

So envious of both of you. Scrubbers garden has been on my wish list for quite a long time now. But wasn't that phone call was a stroke of luck.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 February 2017 07:37:54

So much nicer visiting a private garden than a public garden anytime. The garden is looking great. 

Peter, your snowdrops are looking good still. We were in the north on Monday for three days and the snowdrops there are at their best now. Ours have in the last week gone over and so quickly.


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