Spring is most definitely in the air. The mornings are full of light, bird song and the sound of lambs calling for their mothers. The crocuses are out along with the grape hyacinths, the tulips are throwing up tall healthy stems and the slugs are enjoying my scented hyacinths which are just starting to poke their heavenly heads above ground (meaner slugs). Strangely enough we don’t have any daffodils in our garden but I am enjoying watching their trumpets glow as they come out in all their glory in the field across the road.
Along with all these beautiful delights Mother Nature graces us with, we’re all sick! Having been in the house since Tuesday evening, the sunshine fooled us into thinking we could venture out for the afternoon to Fota House and Gardens. Inbetween showers (even hailstone) the light was glorious and the sky was clear blue.
As Fota House and Gardens are home to some of the most rare and tender species of plant grown in Ireland I’m afraid I’m stumped when it comes to the names of them. If you know them, please let me know and I’ll add them to the pictures.
Apparently there is a dog house on the grounds that is an exact replica of Fota House. Does anyone know if this is true? I would love to find it!
The Pleasure Gardens and Fota House aren’t open just yet but it’s definitely a worth a walk around. While the Gardens are free, there is an entrance charge to the house and €3 parking fee. Of course if you get there early enough there’s always time for a visit to Fota Wildlife Park.