Fairies at Fota

Being completely illogical about the order of my posts on the garden at Fota, near Cork, I am starting with the area that impressed me most. I am naturally a fairly private person and worry too much about what people think about me but I will confess that I like Gothic and Victorian and if I had the money and space  the first thing I would construct in my new, 20 acre garden would be a grotto with a glazed fernery with walls covered in shells. Having admitted that, it will come as no surprise that I loved this area of the garden.

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Tree ferns shaded the already gloomy area and moss and other ferns sprung from the rocks.

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I know it is a bit of a Victorian monstrosity but I liked it.

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What I particularly liked was the way Saxifraga stolonifera had naturalised and was covering the rocks – I can only imagine it looks amazing in summer when the saxifrage is in bloom with its airy, white flowers.

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Victoria Wood

Rest in Peace
And thank you for brightening my life
You will be missed


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