Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gardens of Ireland - Helen Dillon

I plan to share the beautiful gardens visited in Ireland over the next few weeks but they won't necessarily be in order. I'm starting with Helen Dillon's gardens in Dublin and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Unfortunately Helen was away when we visited but her husband Val was a gracious host. Here he is beside Donna Dawson, our tour guide. Donna's organizational skills and experience as a host left nothing to chance and the trip was wonderful. I highly recommend any of her tours that can be found at ICanGarden Garden Tours.  Her other website ICanGarden is where you can find some of my gardening articles and a whole myriad of interesting things for the newbie to most experienced gardener. Thank you Donna for showing us the beauty of Ireland and for bringing together a group of women (and two husbands) that bonded over a common passion.
Val was quite the story teller while we had tea and cookies in the dining room. 
Galvanized trash cans make quite the attractive large container, don't you think?


Rustic Wardian cases with lettuce growing in them.
An aviary that filled the garden with song.
I managed a 'selfie' in the extraordinary bathroom, or water closet as Val insisted. :-)
An overview from an upstairs window. Helen Dillon is a well known plant collector, writer and broadcaster who has created an enviable oasis.










22 comments:

  1. Lovely views, thanks for sharing, You are so hidden in the WC selfie I had to look at it several times. Still not sure of what I'm seeing!

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  2. That garden is so beautiful with the water fixture. Tea and a garden tour sounds delightful! Wow, that bathroom was something else! It looks like it was completely covered in shells--I wonder how long that took? Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog today :)

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  3. Very lovely garden with unique containers. And what an interesting home with a unique WC. I had to really look for you! It was a Where's Judith. = D

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  4. That's what our friends call their bathroom...water closets...only the ones with the showers/tbs/urinal!...places like this make me want to come home and plant!...:)JP

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  5. So nice to see Helen Dillon´s garden on your blog, I should like to visit that once. I have one of her books and that was so interesting. Thank you for the tour.

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  6. Oh Judith, lucky you. Visiting that beautiful garden and going to see many more. I did visit several english gardens but I didn't.t know about Ireland. Is going on my wish list right now.
    Have a wonderful trip.

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  7. On my trips to both Ireland and England I was amazed the variety of tropic like plant materials. And their longer days. What a great opportunity to get to travel visiting the best gardens. I will enjoy your posts as you share your trip with us. It will be fun.

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  8. Wow that last photo of the gardens is so beautiful! I like the idea of the galvanized trash cans for planters. Your whole tour must have been so wonderful. Lots of creative ideas to see I'm sure. Have a great day.
    Pam

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  9. Fantastic photos and gardens ! Oh goody lots on Ireland here I am looking forward to it all ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  10. Beautiful gardens and I love that aviary. I should make one, if for no other reason than to keep the pesky squirrels and raccoons away from the feeders. That bathroom (WC) is amazing -- those are all shells? I will have to check out your gardening articles Judith.

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  11. What a beautiful place, Judith! I think Donna planned just the right tour for a group of gardening enthusiasts (and tea enthusiasts as well)! I noticed ammi majus in one of the photos - mine (from your seeds) is doing awesome. :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  12. Gorgeous images of the gardens.. And LOL, I just love the water closet? I thought they were called loos.. The aviary is really neat, I would like one too. Have a great evening and a happy Thursday!

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  13. A wonderful tour, Judith! I can imagine you were in heaven visiting all those beautiful gardens. Love reading about them here so thank you! Cute selfie, too.

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  14. What a great place to visit. The gardens are certainly lush. The bathroom interesting.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  15. What a unique and beautiful place, Judith. It's going to be so much fun looking through the Ireland trip through your camera lens. Great shot of you in the WC. ;)

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  16. A beautiful place, Judith. That was quite the water closet! Using the cans for plants, what a novel idea! Thanks for the tour.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  17. I have seen photos of her garden and read a lot of her articles...would be lovely to see in person !
    You got some great shots....thanks for sharing them.

    Carolyn

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  18. What a beautiful garden. The water feature is striking - such stark lines in the midst of lushness.
    I had to go back to the photo after I read that you took a selfie in the WC - that's some wall treatment!

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  19. I can imagine how exciting it must have been for you Judith, at the gate waiting to enter Helen's garden!!
    Your photos are great and I hope you will show us more on another post.
    Helen is a world renowned plantswoman with a great vision when it comes to perennial planting.

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  20. I have to echo Lorrie's comment on the contrast between the water feature and the blowzy, lush plantings elsewhere. I love the plantings in the steel garbage cans!

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  21. What a beautiful garden...and that water closet is now one of my favorites.

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  22. Wow, these gardens are so extraordinary, but I must say I am absolutely smitten with that shell-bedecked "water closet," as you say!

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