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Paddy & Mary's

17 February 2012 20:47:49
Paddy & Mary's

Paddy & Mary's

Myself and Myrtle paid a visit to Waterford today to see Paddy and Mary's inspired garden in spring.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has read their journals or looked at their photos that the garden is wonderful. It has mature trees and shrubs, tastefully chosen and placed, and large drifts of choice plants in an immaculate setting.

The drifts of snowdrops, crocuses and primulas are just magical but my favourite piece was the tapestry of black hellebores, interspersed with white and snowdrops near the vegetable area. The handsome espaliered apple hedge was also to die for.

People should definitely grow more hellebores and I intend to try to copy the tapestry planting!

Thanks you, Paddy and Mary. You are charming hosts and great company and thank you also to Myrtle to for braving Gorey at such an early hour and keeping me company so that the journeys down and back just flew by.

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JoanG JoanG 17 February 2012 20:53:18

Inspired is right Rachel.  From the photos Paddy posted recently their garden is truly beautiful, a labour of love and tremendous planting skill.  The pics you took today look lovely too, thanks. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 February 2012 20:58:29

A better way to spend the afternoon I could not suggest. 

Deborah Deborah 17 February 2012 20:59:34

Must have been pretty nippy there, you all look quite chilled. Was mild in Limerick. What a lovely way to kick start the gardening season. Can well imagine the excited chatter :)

fran m fran m 17 February 2012 21:01:47

Good time had by I'm sure ;-))

Myrtle Myrtle 17 February 2012 21:28:16

I sign my name to that, Rachel, well said.

Hoeys Hoeys 17 February 2012 21:31:09

looks like you had a perfect time..

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 17 February 2012 21:41:31

Yes a wonderful garden and sounds like an excellent visit. Which Cardamine is in the pictures please. I think Paddy has mentioned the name but I forget!!

ladygardener ladygardener 17 February 2012 21:44:48

Good to see you again Rachel I wish I could have stayed longer I love the area behind the house with all the hellebores too it's just magical.  Going to look at the photos now.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 February 2012 22:37:13

Well, it was good to have you here today; It's good that the weather allows garden visits so early in the year though it was cold. 

We're off to visit two gardens tomorrow and it will certainly be a wrap up time and strong boots etc.

Elizabeth the cardamine is Cardamine enneaphyllos.


Clara Clara 17 February 2012 23:01:41

Beautiful photos Rachel,  and great time had by you all and good weather also.

ladygardener ladygardener 17 February 2012 23:09:23

Ah I've only just realised you're putting them up still!  Luckily I went back to check something.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 17 February 2012 23:12:58

Paddy is that the mauve coloured Cardamine??

Rachel Rachel 17 February 2012 23:24:48

Anne, great to see you again today, a lovely surprise. I've only just finished uploading the photos - sooo tedious!

Thanks, everyone. Yes, it was a super day and the garden is just gorgeous.

Elizabeth the Cardamine was really pretty with the primula.


Rachel Rachel 17 February 2012 23:27:20

Paddy, what is that plant in photo 26? I was otherwise distracted by hellebores when Mary talked to Myrtle about it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 18 February 2012 08:19:44

Rachel, that shrub is Ribes laurifolium; not spectatular  but a nice thing early in the year. 

Elizabeth, that's the cardamine; maybe a little more pink in the flesh. I'll have a piece on Thursday night next. 


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 February 2012 11:09:35

Thanks so much Paddy, most kind;)

Ladybird Ladybird 18 February 2012 16:29:43

Enjoyed the photos Rachel, glad the rain stayed away for you.

Rachel Rachel 18 February 2012 19:44:20

Paddy, thanks for that. I would never have thought Ribes - very pretty.

Rachel Rachel 18 February 2012 19:46:07

Thanks, Anne

Keego Keego 19 February 2012 20:29:29

Rachel Great photos the garden looks brillant in every shot - what is the leafy foliage through the helleborus Bed - some kind of tulip ?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 February 2012 21:48:53

Mary, I think it may be the foliage of snowdrops. flowers over, that you refer to. 



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