|Oooh and awe in equal measure|
|Exploring out back|
|View from the drawing room window|
We descended down the steps from the tiny terrace at the back and dove into the garden. Somehow myself and Eileen got chatting to Helen right away about alstromerias (Peruvian Lillie's) which Eileen doesn't like at all! There were a few different types, all putting on huge displays in the borders surrounding the central canal. I love these guys because they are so tropical looking but yet so tough and very reliable, coming back year after year without any minding or fussing over. They make great long lasting cut flowers for the house too. Eileen associates them with cheap bouquets from petrol stations- no romance there then!
|Dahlia perfection! it even matched my nail varnish!|
|Check out part of the container army in bins and black pots|
If one word could describe this garden it would be "lush". Great swathes of flowers, drifts of roses, fine groups of ornamental foliage, nothing looking thin, miserable or lonely for want of plant company. Although looking out from the back window did give the impression that the garden was visible in its entirety paths weaving down the sides and back of the borders hid other gems, with a glasshouse and lean-to adding to the nooks and crannies to be explored.
|Stunning romneya(tree poppy) massive gangs of flowers|
In the little courtyard to the side of the house Helen and Val's niece was in charge of plant sales. I bought three scarlet clove scented dianthus/carnations/pinks depending on your persuasion. Others took the plunge and bought huge potted Agapanthus, one of Helen's own favourite plants.Willy our bus driver was smirking from ear to ear as he saw us return laden down with bags overflowing with all sorts of flowers and foliage, I think he thought we were mad-how right he was!
We took our leave of the very hospitable Dillon's at lunch hour leaving them to prepare for yet more visitors in the afternoon. If you find yourself in Dublin this summer do go visit the garden. It's really well worth it.
|Agapanthus, one of the stars of the show|
|Alstromerias and succulents bloom near the glasshouse|
|Helen gets Deborah a dahlia cutting-look at the height of the dahlia plant!|
|Giant agapanthus about to open near the canal|
|almost fell over when I saw how far along this pumpkin is!|
|Raised beds and vegetables too-big surprise|
|Well chosen trees set off the rest of the garden|
|Beautiful vistas from every angle|
|a perfect flush of white sweetly scented roses|
The Dillon Garden is the website for the garden. Check out photo galleries (far better than my own), opening times, Helen's books and related articles.