On the wild side at Lismore Castle

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Surely the highlight of the garden when I visited was the large area sown with annuals. Although they were not strictly wild flowers because few were native, the profusion of small flowers jostling for attention had the effect of cornfield weeds. I am sure the effect was even better a month ago but it was pretty spectacular even in the first week of September.

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The wave of colour was held back by willow hurdles and wands bent over to make hoops so the grass paths could be mown.

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They flowed from the large rectangular beds into the shade of ancient apple trees that reminded me of the sort of display you would see in Greece in spring under ancient olive trees (not that I have seen that). The effect was reinforced by cordylines and echium rosettes in the background.

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Frothy clouds of white ammi (probably Ammi majus) were coloured with pastel corn poppies, blue cornflowers with flashes of orange Californian poppies.

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4 Comments on “On the wild side at Lismore Castle”

  1. joy
    September 9, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    cant beat that

  2. Maria F.
    September 9, 2015 at 11:50 am #


  3. Meriel
    September 10, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    It looks wonderfull. The last photo, In particular, is fab.

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