Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gardens of Ireland - Hunting Brook & June Blake's Cottage

While in Dublin our tour group visited Hunting Brook, a visual delight created by Jimi Blake.
In this photo I'm standing at the top of the driveway which is flanked by colourful borders on either side.
There were lots of lupines at Hunting Brook and the stately maroon ones in the background are 'Masterpiece'.
'Pretty in pink', two cranesbill geraniums that I'll have to find for my garden. 'Dragon Heart' on the left and 'Venus' on the right.
On the path to the ravine; one of Jimi's hand written quotes on a slab of slate.
On the left, a constructed path that zig- zagged down the steep slope into the ravine below. With the tree canopy, lush green ferns, other forest plants as well as a gentle trickling brook, this area provided a tranquil place for contemplation. Look at the long table with stump seating for a midsummer's eve banquet.
The view from the upper meadow of misty mountains.
Jimi likes to experiment with plants and in a year or two, this will be an interesting focal point.
Now we're over at June Blake's cottage, Jimi's sister. Charming stone work as you walk along to the cottage.
The cottage and farmyard were designed by Robert Coppinger Ashlin in 1867.
June sources seeds from all over the world to see what will grow in her gardens.
The large drift of knautia and scabiosa (on the right) makes a stunning airy see-through combination.
In 2013 June renovated the derelict cowhouse which is now a small house for vacation rental. It's to the right where a new window can be seen.
We were served a delicious lunch at June's - Irish hospitality at its best!
There's a lot of history and character in a home that is almost 150 years old.
Deep in conversation, Jimi and our tour guide Donna Dawson and June as she gave us the rundown on her home. She farmed sheep for over 20 years and is happy now to devote all her time to gardening.
I will be linking with Mosaic Monday.

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful Gardens! Just lovely, and June's were almost wild looking with the mixture of different flowers and colors with trees in the background. I'd love to stop after walking the trails of the first house at that table and pull up a stump! It looks like you had a delicious lunch after seeing those beautiful sites. I hope you're having a great weekend :)

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  2. What a grand tour you had! Beautiful gardens!

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  3. Such a beautiful gardens again, I am especially fond of June Blake's garden, a lovely wild paradise.

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  4. The misty mountains are lovely. Great images, filled with atmosphere and beauty of nature.

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  5. Thank you Judith for showing us these lovely gardens. The old stone cottages are amazing. I hope to hear about your trip soon. Valerie

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  6. Oh my, I just loved every moment of this post and these wonderful pictures and so glad you are having this experience!

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  7. The gardens are amazing. I enjoy the idea of a slate in the garden to write messages on. Th inspiration quotations add a special touch. The cranesbill is beautiful. I discovered cranesbill this summer as I was looking for good ground cover. Your Irish tour has been wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. What a wonderful experience! And to be served a meal there. mmmm You had an amazing trip!

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  9. What a pretty place lunch looks good too.
    Merle............

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  10. What a wonderful tour you took - gardens and Irish history and good food all mingled together. I love the beauty of those mixed borders.

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  11. I enjoyed this post immensely, your tour looks like one to always be remembered, and the gardens are inspirational ! Amazing to live and garden in such historic places and know this is common for that part of the world.

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  12. Judith,

    I can't tell you how much I am enjoying these wonderfully picturesque tours of Ireland's beautiful countryside! Ah, these gardens and cottages are simply too pretty to be true! Lucky you for experiencing them up close, as I know how passionate you are about your flowers! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    Poppy

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  13. You've whetted my appetite Judith!
    I would love to follow in your tracks to see all those lovely gardens too!
    I am very keen to source the two cranesbill geraniums too - they put on a great show in the long border.

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  14. Judith, the gardens are beautiful. I love the gardens along the driveway. The cottages and the wooded zigzag path is beautiful. Gorgeous post, thanks for sharing your tour! Have a happy day!

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  15. Wow. The first thing that struck me about these gardens is the wonderful colour of the flowers and lush greeness of the foliage and grass. It must have been so wonderful to see it up close.

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  16. I don't think that I'd ever want to leave..what a gorgeous place!

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  17. This looks like a magazine layout...beautiful!...:)JP

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  18. Oh WOW Judith, these gardens are so beautiful. Really breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a nice week

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  19. Oh what wonderful gardens! You must have enjoyed every minute of this tour. Those maroon lupins are gorgeous- I have never seen that color. What an amazing trip this must have been. Thanks for sharing it with us...

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  20. Judith...what stunning gardens and scenery! I have always wanted to go there....maybe someday.... :)

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  21. Wow, what amazing gardens! The architecture is fantastic too. I love the geraniums and lupines. What a beautiful place!
    Hugs, Beth
    p.s. Sorry I have been so late in reading and commenting. I have been very, very busy in the garden - I'm sure you understand! I've also been helping another gardener several hours per week and I feel like I'm busy from sunup to sundown. Well, not quite, but my "to do" list never gets completed. Today is a quieter day in the garden - 90+ degrees so I wasn't able to do much outside. A blessing in disguise!

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  22. What a magnificent and well kept garden! I am enjoying your series of posts about this tour of Irish gardens, Judith--they are all beautiful!

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  23. I could look at that garden for ever. It is so beautiful. You were quite lucky to have such a wonderful visit. Blessings, Martha

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  24. Oh my Judith, what gorgeous garden pictures! I want to go back to Ireland!!

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  25. What a wonderful tour and you documented it so well. I really NEED to go to Ireland!

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  26. WOW what a marvelous place you shared and that table and tree stump seating is amazing!

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  27. Oh my goodness, it's so beautiful there! What a wonderful place to visit!!

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  28. You must have just been beside yourself seeing all these glorious gardens! As I'm admiring the photos, I can just imagine how excited I would be coming upon each of these treasured spots!

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  29. Judith what a treat for the eyes...all that old stone and fabulous flowers and then the yummy treats at the end....incredible!

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  30. What a gorgeous place. Is that bamboo in the new focal point? I can imagine that this would delight children in a garden.

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