Come with me through the arbour as we visit Ballyrobert Cottage Gardens in Belfast, owned by Joy and Maurice Parkinson. Maurice has a Masters in Horticulture from the RHS and the sweeping beds and vistas he has created are fabulous.
The cottage in the top two photos and cow barn below that has two floors that would have had cattle on the bottom and chickens on the top. A hole is cut in the top of the door to allow bats and birds a safe place to roost. Let's head back through the arbour to see the gardens.
Bottom right is the gate to the gardens at the driveway entrance and the stone pillar has a flat part on top where fairies can dance in the moonlight.
On the left is a fairy tree (usually hawthorn) where people can make a wish by draping a piece of lamb's wool on a branch. (look closely and you'll see two tufts of wool) The photo on the right is a marriage circle through which a young man could hold the hand of his beloved and ask her to marry him.
Although we didn't see any fairies in the garden, I'm sure they do come out at night to dance in the moonlight.
I'm linking with Mosaic Monday.