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Gracedieu Lass's Journal July 2010

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Huntingbrook Gardens, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

31 July 2010 23:50:41
Huntingbrook Gardens, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Huntingbrook Gardens, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Mary and I went to visit Huntingbrook Gardens, Blessington, Co. Wicklow today. This is the garden of Jimi Blake. 

I have put up a photo album of shots taken today, a selection showing views of the garden as we walked about and a selection of the flowers which caught my eye today.

Afterwards, we went to visit June Blake's garden and I will try to post photographs from there tomorrow. 

Hope you enjoy the photographs.



Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Italy, July 2010

18 July 2010 12:22:39
Isola Bella

Isola Bella

Back from holidays to miserable Irish weather after daily temperatures of 30C, constant sun etc. However, the bad weather provides an opportunity to go through the holiday photographs and I have posted an album from a visit to Isola Bella, an island garden in the Gulf of Borromeo on Lake Maggiore, northern Italy. 

We were staying in the town of Streasa and the island was in view from our hotel. Access couldn't be simpler as the island ferries stopped there and it was simply a five minute spin from Streasa.

The level of construction in the garden is simply mind-boggling. The design was intended to represent a ship/galleon floating on the lake. The garden rises in a series of terraces from the water's edge to the grand terrace above, each terrace formed with excellent stonework and each terrace skilfully planted. The garden is in the style of the traditional Italian formal garden and layout and form are given more importance than plant selection. However, there are many beautiful plants perfectly chosen for the location and some outstanding specimens. 

It was a wonderful experience and certainly worth a visit if you are in the region. 


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