Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mosaic Monday #1 Gardens of Ireland: Mount Stewart, Mount Usher and the National Garden Exhibition


The last few gardens I visited in Ireland and they're as fabulous as the others I've already shared.
 A beautiful sunny day as we wandered around Mount Stewart Gardens, part of the National Trust and a World Heritage Site.

Mount Usher Gardens follow the banks of the River Vartry and I am proud to say I stood out on some rocks in the middle to get the shots on the L and R.
Whimsy and mythology can be found in the stone works and carvings.
 The National Garden Exhibition, County Wicklow.
An elegant garden green house and gothic stone structure.
Illusions created with mirrors. The big round circle is a mirror reflecting plant material in front of it and you can see the square mirror on a stone wall making one wonder where the stream is actually flowing.
Welcome to old and new friends that like to create mosaics and share them through the meme Mosaic Monday.

37 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an amazing country to visit. And this is a great way to share lots of photos with mosaics! I'm linked! MM #1! YAY! We're going to have such fun! Have a wonderful afternoon my friend! Hugs, Diane

My name is Riet said...

Hello Judith.First of all: Thank you so much for taking over Mosaic Monday. And your garden photo's in mosaics are stunning. So beautiful all of them. I need to go back and look again right now.
Have a nice week.

Vee said...

Thank you for carrying the tradition forward! That's so wonderful of you so that all of Mary's Mosaic Monday fans have a new home.

These gardens are amazing! The mirror feature looks as if one is looking through a Chinese gate or something. I'm impressed if you were out there on those rocks taking photos!

Mary Cromer said...

Hi Judith and thank you so much for taking over Mosaic Monday for our dear Mary. It shall be fun keeping up with one another as you now take on this lovely meme, that we so enjoy. The gardens that you have shared today and so beautiful and each one has it's own special gift for viewers. Thank you again. Happy Mosaic Monday~

Snap said...

Hi Judith, I'm so happy you are hosting Mosaic Monday. It was always so much fun with Mary and so nice to know it will continue. I didn't join in the fun this week, but I will next week! Promise! Lovely Gardens in Ireland ... just beautiful.

NatureFootstep said...

great place to gather lots of images for Mosaic. _)

eileeninmd said...

Judith, your Ireland garden tour is just awesome..I have enjoyed seeing all the lovely gardens you visited. Thanks so much for taking over the hosting of Mosaic Monday. Enjoy your new week ahead!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

It must be something to do with the climate in Ireland, these verdant gardens a joy to behold, crammed with thriving plants!
The architectural pieces are eye catching too - I thought that was a moon gate! The gothic piece is is my favourite.

Thank you for taking up the baton Judith and ensuring that Mosaic Monday carries on!
It was the first party I joined too - in great trepidation I might add!!
Your mosaics are always inspiring.

Gayle said...

Oh, how beautiful, I am so envious of your trip! I am new to your blog and coming from Little Red House. I look forward to a new friendship.
Gayle from Behind the Garden Gate

Denise said...

Wow, Judith, you're brave to stand out in the middle of the river like that. I'm much too clumsy, and I can picture me falling in, camera and all. :)

These gardens are amazing!! How wonderful that you got to visit them! Was this your first trip to Ireland? I was there very briefly 15 years ago -- would certainly love to go back. I LOVE the garden greenhouse and gothic structure you've shared, and the mirrors are a really interesting idea!

Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday and have a wonderful week!

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Lorrie said...

Thanks, Judith, for carrying on with Mosaic Monday.
Your Irish garden photos are so lovely. I'm particularly enthralled with that Gothic arch. What a unique piece for a garden.

podso said...

Judith sorry I can't link up this week but thanks for continuing MM. Looks like there's lots of enthusiasm and I'll see you soon. I enjoyed seeing more of your beautiful Ireland photos.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Judith - As the rest have said, thank you for taking over Mosaic Monday. I had just discovered it and was sad to see it ending. And how nice to have discovered your blog in the process. . .while I am firstmost passionate about travel, I have to admit that I am happiest when traveling amid lavender fields!

Jill Harrison said...

thank you so much for taking over Mosaic Monday Judith. It is such a wonderful way to start our week. And thankyou for taking us to these lovely gardens. The theme of my post is so far removed from yours, but it does include flowers.
Have a lovely week, and again, thank you.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful gardens - thanks for sharing.
I did not have anything to contribute this week, but want to say "thank you" for taking over the job as hostess each week. I always appreciate those that take their time to hosts these weekly events.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful garden with such colorful flowers.

Linda H said...

Ahhhh, SO beautiful. I long to return to Ireland...

Jenny said...

I look forwarad to seeing much more of your beautiful gardens and Canada. Thank you for taking ove the Monday Mosaics. Where would we have gone? Just disappeared and that would have been a shame! xo Jenny Short

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my goodness So beautiful. I want to go NOW!!!

Thanks for continuing Mosaic Monday.
MB

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thank you for taking over as the host of Mosaic Monday, Judith! I have enjoyed all your prior posts about the beautiful gardens you visited in N Ireland and this was no exception. What lovely cool and quiet gardens these were!

Diana Taylor said...

Thank you so much for taking over as host. Your blog is so beautiful, and I love your photos - what a wonderful place to visit.

Arija said...

Lovely gardens indeed but I am amazed to see Eucalyptus trees growing in Ireland.

Janneke said...

The Ireland gardentour was great, I enjoyed the stunning pictures. I cannot choose which garden I like most. I have to go to Ireland myself I think.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Absolutely gorgeous gardens. I'm sure you had an amazing visit.
Glad you are taking over Mosaic Monday as it is such a fun link party to participate in.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Absolutely gorgeous there! :)

Donna said...

Wonderful to finally be linking up with everyone Judith with this party. I adore all the gardens you saw in Ireland. I will be noting all of these for a trip back someday. I saw a few and they were spectacular. Just the window boxes in each town and village and the wildflowers growing along the roadsides were amazing.

September Violets said...

What beautiful shots of these gardens Judith! Thank you for sharing them. Congratulations on taking over the Mosaic Monday's meme. I'll be visiting more links when I have more time this evening. Enjoy your day :) Wendy x

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Lovely mosaics. Amazing gardens in the world, aren't they? Thanks for sharing your photos!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm joining in today, Judith! Your Irish garden photos are just lovely. Congratulations on your new hosting gig! You are making a lot of people very happy.

Donna said...

Such fabulous garden spaces and your photos capture them well! I love the idea of incorporating mirrors into outdoor spaces.

A Quiet Corner said...

Judith, your collection of photos make me feel like I'm right there!...:)JP

Angela McRae said...

What amazing images (and gardens, of course)! Props to you for standing on the rocks to get the photos you wanted. And I LOVE the use of mirrors in the garden -- don't know that I've ever seen that done before!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Funny, years ago my entire family (Dad and siblings) spent a few weeks touring south Ireland and we never went to any gardens. I need to go back, apparently! We went close by to many of the ones you have shared with us, but did other tourings. Dang. Next time then! They are GORGEOUS. The use of the mirrors is fascinating. One would think them a fire hazard of sorts, huh?

Future hint for hosting Mosaic Mondays - you may wish to put it in your headings from now on, a little easier to find and "feature."

OK, thanks for hosting! : - )

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful pictures Judith. I wouldn't have known those were mirrors!

lynn said...

beautiful pics from your trip! i found you through jaqueline-cabin and cottage:) i've linked my fav mosaic to date--thanks for hosting us!

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice to see you picking this up as host Judith. Can you refer us to instructions for creating a mosaic, so we can learn and join you?

Beth said...

Gorgeous gardens! I love the mirrors and have seen them used in the gardens. I have a couple in my garden but they are small so they really don't have the same effect.
Blessings and hugs, Beth

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