|Tim and Helen O' Brien|
One of this weeks trips was to visit Helen and Tim in their lovely garden in Knockpatrick, which by the way is open this Monday (Tomorrow) from 2-6 to raise money for the new Cystic Fibrosis unit being built at the Regional Hospital in Limerick. Fingers crossed the weather clears up for them and they get a good turnout. If you can go to support this cause please do!!
Tim and Helen's garden is on three acres set on the side of Knockpatrick hill out the Foynes road, not far from Askeaton and Shanagolden. It was started by Tim's father over 80 years ago at a time when leisure gardening was the reserve of the wealthy and privileged. Tim's father was a farmer but he had a great love of plants, writing away to places as exotic as Dublin and London to obtain unusual and interesting trees, flowers and shrubs. Tim and Helen have built on his years of work to turn the garden into the beautiful place it is today.
|beautiful walkway to knockpatrick hill|
|Maudie poses with a huge tree fern|
Helen told us the story of Knockpatrick hill. Apparently the Clare people were mad to meet St. Patrick and invited him to visit but he was up the walls and met with some Oracle who told him not to worry, the Clare people would get their own saint soon. In the meantime he promised to bless the whole county if he could find a hill from which to see it. When he climbed to the top of Knockpatrick he blessed 5 counties that he could see. The ungrateful Kerry people weren't fussed, they had their own saint, "typical Kerry" said Helen, "they had to have one before everybody else"!!!
|Etoile De Hollande|
The sun came out as we broke for a cup of tea and some home-made cake with Tim and Helen kindly sitting us out on the deck next to a beautiful Wisteria and looking out over the Shannon. The only blight on the landscape was Aughinish factory spewing smoke and piling up waste from the processing operation.No mater where you live theres always some asshole living close by who makes things ugly. Yes I know they give people jobs-they give us pollution and uglyness too!
This is a beautiful garden to wander around in. From the lovely lane way that leads up to the house, framed by mature trees, to the sloped terraced flower filled gardens around the house, the pretty woodland walk to knockpatrick hill, the tree arboretum, sunken urn garden,it keeps getting better and better. Here are a few pics for you to check out. If you get a chance to go you will see what I mean!
|damsel in the border|
|terraced front gardens|
|in the arboretum|