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March 30, 2012

Cashel House Hotel, Connemara, Co. Galway

by Ciaran Burke
CAMELLIA 'BRUSHFIELD'S YELLOW'

CAMELLIA 'BRUSHFIELD'S YELLOW'

As we drove along the coast road that hugs every curve of the ocean carved land, the sun broke through the cloud and the illuminated waves welcomed us. We had arrived in Cashel, a scenic bay on the Atlantic coast where the sun always seems to shine when we arrive at Cashel House Hotel and Gardens to give a gardening course.

ANEMONE NEMOROSA

ANEMONE NEMOROSA

After checking in and a quick and cheerful chat with Ray the manager, Hanna and I took a walk around part of the mature gardens of the hotel. The mild spring is fooling the plants and tricking our minds, it could be May, but there are no leaves on many trees, Kerria japonica ‘Flore Plena’ is flowering like mad, so it must be March, but the bluebells are flowering, nothing is making sense. Perhaps it is best to just admire the beauty, whether it is the wood anemones in the shade, the masses of green leaves waving in the sunlight; a sea of montbretia under the trees, twisting and turning the sunlight or the colourful rhododendrons or azalea mingling with Mexican orange blossom, Choisya ternata, there are beautiful plants everywhere.

CROCOSMIA IN SECRET GARDEN

CROCOSMIA IN SECRET GARDEN

After our walk amongst the flora, it was time to meet our gardeners and go for dinner in the dining room where five courses of delicious Cashel House cuisine awaited. The sea air gives one a good appetite!

CHOISYA TERNATA AND JAPANESE AZALEA

CHOISYA TERNATA AND JAPANESE AZALEA

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