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.