Bunratty Folk Park is a collection of vernacular houses from around Ireland. It aims to give a sense of life from the 1800's into the early 1900's. Most are furnished as they would have been. There are some gardens and fields recreated. It also has some animals including these deer.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Despite the grades still being quite rough, I have some areas at a point where I can begin to plant. I've put in several birch very close in clusters of three or four. They have been pre-pruned to make them as bushy as possible and I hope they will have branches as low to the ground as they can. Also a Hazel and some dwarf Pines. It's late in the summer to expect any growth but it's good to start the autumn planting early.
|Betula pubescens planted in threes|
|Corylus avellana 'Fusco-Rubra'|
|Pinus strobus 'Minima'|
During August I did a little more work on the garden. Mainly I was regrading and re-contouring the soil. Unfortunately the weather continued extremely wet. The water table is high in any case, but the soil gets very sticky when it's as wet as it was this summer. It made progress difficult as I couldn't really track on the same area for too long. I would have liked to hardcore more of the paths, but perhaps the winter will be drier.
|got a 7 ton machine this time|
|hard to see what was done, but a lot of re-contouring and rough grading|
|took away the steep edges to the stream, and widened in places|
|created the first seating area in the garden|
|add another layer of gravel to some of the paths|
I recently attended an open day at the Irish Seed Savers garden near Scariff, County Clare.(http://www.irishseedsavers.ie/) They specialize in collecting and propagating a range of traditional apple varieties. They also grow and save seed from a large range of heritage vegetable varieties. They have a green and organic outlook and a big emphasis on sharing information.
|cob house with green roof|
|some of the potato varieties|
|tunnel with onions setting seed|
Monday, August 27, 2012
|Lough Boora Parklands is situated in County Offaly.|
|It is a large area of cut-away bog (ie peatland which has most of it's |
commercial peat harvested and already used to generate electricity)
|It is vast, flat and open to sun, wind and rain.|
|A section has been developed as an outdoor sculpture park.|
|Various artists have created outdoor works utilizing old industrial materials |
from the industrial harvesting of peat over a fifty year period
|Indigenous materials such as bog oak have also been used|
Friday, August 10, 2012
A mother pheasant and some chicks wandered into the garden last evening. I grabbed my camera and tried to sneak towards them to get some snaps. As I approached, the chicks disappeared, but the mother stayed to protect her young..
|She wouldn't run away and showed no fear.|
|Some squawking and hissing followed, and some flapping of wings |
as she ran towards and away from me.
|Barely visible are the chicks.|
|As I went away she kept a watchful eye on me.|