Another visit to Mount Congreve

Following my post last month I made my promised return visit to Mount Congreve in Waterford this week. Would a second visit so soon be a disappointment or be just as wondrous? It is not always a good idea to go back. Although it has been over a month since I last went the weather has been cold and there were some severe frosts until two weeks ago. So I was hoping that a good number of rhododendrons would be looking good and there would not be too much frost damage.

Well, I needn’t have worried. Superb, lavish planting and a luxuriant carpet of bluebells ensured that every step of the way was extraordinary. This really is one of the great gardens of the world.

This is the first post:

https://thebikinggardener.com/2015/04/19/now-thats-what-i-call-a-garden/

So, to get on with it, here is a selection of photos.

rhodo loderi venus2

The ‘Loderi’ rhododendrons are too big for most gardens but they are delicious. They have large flowers in shades of pink and white and smell gorgeous. This is ‘Venus’.

'Venus' showing habit and the captivating beauty of the whole plant

‘Venus’ showing habit and the captivating beauty of the whole plant

Rhododendron mollis with small, yellow flowers mixed in with bluebells

Rhododendron mollis with fragrant, small, yellow flowers mixed in with bluebells

In the walled garden there was masses of colour including this contrasting pair of double oriental poppies and Asphodeline lutea.

In the walled garden there was masses of colour including this contrasting pair of double oriental poppies and Asphodeline lutea.

The walled garden was dripping with wisterias

The walled garden was dripping with wisterias

Hummocks of cut leaf purple acers in front of pale lilac rhododendrons

Hummocks of cut leaf purple acers in front of pale lilac rhododendrons

The oddly named Rhododendron Loderi 'Game Chick'

The oddly named Rhododendron Loderi ‘Game Chick’

The pond at the base of the waterfall had wonderful reflections

The pond at the base of the waterfall had wonderful reflections

Cornus controversa 'Variegata', the wedding cake tree was beautiful at the top of the waterfall

Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’, the wedding cake tree was beautiful at the top of the waterfall

Not too subtle - a mass of deciduous rhododendrons

Not too subtle – a mass of deciduous rhododendrons

Bluebells are surely our most spectacular native flowers

Bluebells are surely our most spectacular native flowers

The fragrant Rhododendron decorum subsp. diaprepes x R. griffithianum

The fragrant Rhododendron decorum subsp. diaprepes x R. griffithianum

An unnamed Japanese maple

An unnamed Japanese maple

An extraordinary horse chestnut: Aesculus hippocastanum 'Hampton Court Gold' with fragile-looking primrose yellow leaves with green streaks here and there

An extraordinary horse chestnut: Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Hampton Court Gold’ with fragile-looking primrose yellow leaves with green streaks here and there

How big is your pieris? A metre high? These monsters are 5m and covered in flowers and fresh foliage

How big is your pieris? A metre high? These monsters are 5m and covered in flowers and fresh foliage

How many plants do you need to have a lovely garden? I think I would be happy to have just this one Japanese maple!

How many plants do you need to have a lovely garden? I think I would be happy to have just this one Japanese maple!

 

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4 Comments on “Another visit to Mount Congreve”

  1. joy
    May 23, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    absolutely out of this world even made my head cold feel better

    • thebikinggardener
      May 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      Aw – sorry to hear you are suffering. Is it hay fever? I hear the pollen is bad. Glad it cheered you up 🙂

  2. joy
    May 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    i don’t normaly suffer with hay fever but think it is . loads of people have said they are too

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