Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gardens of Ireland - Ballyrobert

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.

31 comments:

  1. This garden looks fabulous. I put it on my wishlist for when we visit Ireland.

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  2. What a wonderful garden. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos. I would love to visit it in person.

    Judith

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  3. A lovely garden! I like the arbor and the Marriage circle.. The flowers are all gorgeous.. Thanks for sharing your garden tour.. Have a happy day!

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  4. Absolutely lovely gardens and so well kept and defined.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. What an enchanting place, Judith. I love the pic of the dancing fairies!!!!!...:)JP

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  6. Beautiful! Thanks for taking us along with you!

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  7. Ah, too bad you couldn't have gone back after dark to see those fairies!! I'm enjoying your trip through your photos.

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  8. What a magical place. Lovely garden and amazing images.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  9. How beautiful! And I love the fairies dancing in the moonlight. It was a full moon last night...I'm sure they danced here, too! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

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  10. A lovely garden to visit. Loved the pattern in the mowing...I do wish everyone would give up the straight lines. Romantic way of asking for a lady's hand. Wonder if any use it. On a completely different note, I suppose if one is mucking out stalls anyway, a little bat poo isn't going to bother, though it certainly does in one's attic.

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  11. I love the views of the cottage through the arbour - what a beautiful place! The swathe of lawn, the lush plantings - the place for fairies to dance.........I'd believe in fairies if I lived there.

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  12. Looks like a lovely place! Very green and lush. Have FUN! Susan

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  13. I remember hearing about the hawthorn trees and the fairies...love it and that cow barn sounds really unique...love barns. But what a lovely green and luscious garden.

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  14. Gorgeous gardens! I recently read a quote that applies to your photos: "The shortest way to Heaven is through the garden gate." I'm sure Ballyrobert gardens seemed like heaven on earth to you. ~ Phyllis

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  15. Wonderful Gardens ... very very green!
    Hugs
    Monique

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  16. Lovely photos Judith. Have only been to the Cork, Cobh, Dublin, Dingle areas of Ireland, but from your gorgeous photos it's beautiful everywhere! Your gardening eye must have loved it!
    Ruth

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  17. What a beautiful garden JUdith and so sweet those romantic touches. You must have the time of your life visiting all these beautiful gardens. Have a nice week.

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  18. Ballyrobert Cottage Gardens looks pretty with all the gorgeous beds. I love the fairy tree and the marriage circle! Thanks for sharing!

    Eva Jorunn
    Norway

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  19. I have been catching up on all your posts about your trip to Ireland and they are wonderful. I so envy you.

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  20. What a beautiful and magical garden! Ireland has the perfect weather for many flowers and shrubs and certainly green grass.

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  21. Oh, these gardens are just gorgeous! Everything looks such a rich, lush shade of green. And I've never heard of a "marriage circle" before but I think that's a lovely garden feature and tradition!

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  22. Beautiful gardens with cottage.

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  23. Green and lush and pretty,
    and secretly hiding a fairy!

    Poppy

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  24. Long borders full of colour! My idea of the best gardens. So lovely to see them.

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  25. What a pretty place to walk and relax. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Thanks for stopping by. She took the pics with her phone and must have clicked at just the right time, as the next ones afterwards were not as clear and color filled.

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  26. What a magical place. So much lush greenery. I've always wanted to visit Ireland for that very reason. I also love the Marriage Circle, what a great idea.

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  27. Nothing like the British Isles for scenery. For beautiful gardens and intense colour. So lovely
    Janice

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  28. Such a special garden Judith!
    Maurice has used his plant knowledge to grand effect.
    I love the Irish with their love of the little people, fairies and such and their gift of the gab!
    A joy to visit, ooh I would love to step inside this garden too!
    Shane x

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  29. I would certainly dance in that grand garden! It is beautiful!

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  30. I think the type of tour you took was perfect for you! Tea and gardens! Love the border gardens and the edging is beautifully done - reminds me of Larry Conrad's edging. So crisp - I do edge mine too, but they aren't as neat. I enjoyed the garden tour today!
    Hugs, Beth

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