You should have seen it last week!

The moment of perfection in a garden can be very fleeting, here today and gone tomorrow,  and how we wish our friends came on time and not leave us thinking or saying “You should have seen it last week.”

On the other hand it is marvellous to visit a garden and arrive just at that perfect moment, to see it exactly as the gardener had hoped it would be. It is a moment to be savoured. It ranks with the golfer’s hole-in-one, the 147 clearance in snooker or the nine dart 501.

We experienced such a moment when we recently visited Coolaught Gardens in Clonroche, Co. Wexford, the garden of Harry and Caroline Deacon. I have shared a photograph of this moment on Facebook and it would seem a great many people agree with me as it was shared by hundreds and viewed by thousands.

What do you think?

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The original garden around the house is relatively small, certainly too small to accommodate Harry’s and Caroline’s enormous interest in plants. Some years back they started this new area of approximately two acres and introduced a delightful range of choice plants.

For the early years, as might be expected, it was young and sparse and, as a ploy to fill space and give an impression of a full garden, Verbena bonariensis was introduced and allowed to seed around at will to such an extent that on a previous visit I thought it had been allowed to go too far.  It was a wonderful sight it its own way but simply too much. However, this spring this planting of verbena was heavily and cleverly edited and the effect has been simply marvellous.

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DSC_0141Although the verbenas have stolen the show for this summer there are many interesting vistas and plants in the garden.

The garden in front of the house is quite small  but is a magical carpet of crocus in spring.
The garden in front of the house is quite small but is a magical carpet of crocus in spring.
Part of the old garden within the orchard which was to the side of the house with a wonderful view to this attractive garden seat.
Part of the old garden within the orchard which was to the side of the house with a wonderful view to this attractive garden seat.
Borders are jam packed with well-selected and well-grown plants.
Borders are jam packed with well-selected and well-grown plants.
Part of the new garden, already showing signs of maturing very well.
Part of the new garden, already showing signs of maturing very well.
This garden will improve and improve in the coming years and will be a delight to visit.
This garden will improve and improve in the coming years and will be a delight to visit.

Paddy Tobin

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