I realise that it has been a while since I blogged about the gardens here at Ballywalter Park. We have had a lot of changes and my time has been spent more profitably making sure that these changes are successful.

However, on a day like today, with a hard frost first thing this morning and now sunshine, I can suddenly believe that spring will come. Our rainfall has been way behind our usual averages. In the last 8 days we have now had a lot of rain and because the stream through the Pleasure Grounds has been cleaned out, the water runs much better. We got a mini digger in, it made a bit of a mess, but the flow is much improved. This will hopefully also mean that the stream will not flood so easily, which is bad for our listed bridges.  I will blog about this stream in greater detail later.

JR – our Head Gardener – now has a wonderful assistant, KS, and it fair to say that the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. They are a brilliant team and we are preparing for a super year both in the Walled Garden and in the Pleasure Grounds.

A new team has taken on mowing and clearing. Our plan is to disprove Paddy Bowe’s comment that the only remarkable thing in the gardens here, is that we have the longest border in Ireland.








We actually have quite an impressive arboretum too.


JR – who did arboriculture at university – & KS have discovered a eucalyptus which they have never seen before and we are super excited about that. As soon as we can get up to the evergreen leaves, we will be sending a cutting to the RHS as neither of our experts have seen something like this before. I do think that JR would like to find this unusual variety first and just get a confirmation from RHS. As he is our Head Gardener I will certainly allow him that.

Meanwhile the red squirrels are busy feeding their young? There is certainly a lot of activity…….

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