(Details of Shrub Roses , and Grasses garden on this page )
JUNE 2008 - NOTE : THIS PAGE NEEDS UPDATING WITH MANY OF OUR 56 VARIETIES OF ROSE , AND MANY GRASSES MISSING FROM THESE LISTS ................................
About one quarter of the acre is mixed woodland. Trees to be found are - Italian alder, Nothofagus, Whitebeam, Grand Fir, Sitka Spruce, Hazels, Spindle trees, Cryptomeria japonica, Thuja , Amelanchier ( snowy mespil),Holm oak, various maples, Prunus sargentii, Prunus umineko, Paulownia tomentosa ( foxglove tree) , Embothrium lanceolata ( chilean fire tree), Crab apples - John Downie/Dark Rosaleen, Viburnum lantana (wayfaring tree), Liriodendron tulipera ( tulip tree), various oak , Piptanthus, Cercidiphyllum japonica ( Katsura), Monterey pine , Scotts pine, and others.
Mixed in are shrubs such as Berberis darwinii, various Olearia, various Hebe - H. salicifolia, H. Midsummer Beauty, H. Great Orme, Cornus, Cytisus ( broom), Coprosma, Buddleia, Ribes, Weigela, Sambuccus, Hydrangea - including H. villosa, and H. aspera ( from Newby hall gardens ), Hypericum, Mallow,Cistus,Clerodendrum trichotomum, Clerodendron bungei, and others.
This area has been divided into large 'beds' by creating paths throughout. The paths are of bark mulch, and edged with tree trunks to give a pleasing effect. 500 english bluebells have been planted, along with cyclamen hederefolium to give some colour and interest on the ground. Daffodils and snowdrops line the edges of the paths in spring.
Cowslips ( grown from seed) lead the way.
Everybody loves daffodils
Enjoy the walks and find the roses
Originator,driving force, and benign spirit of Aultaghreagh cottage garden - Christine Wilson.
The other half of the 'staff' ! Leslie Wilson
Shrub roses - along the edges of the woodland beds are many shrub roses - such as -R.Ferdinand pichard, R. Ville de Bruxelles, R.Mme.Hardy, R. Belle de Crecy, R.gallica 'Tuscany Superb', R.gallica 'Charles de Mills, R. mutabilis ( china rose), R.rugosa rosea, R.rugosa alba, and rugosa roses - Sarah van Fleet/ Rosarie de L'Hay/ Blanc double de Coubert, and R. Stanwell perpetual ( Scots rose). R. Kiftsgate is set to rampage along a boundary wall ! R. excelsa welcomes by the front gate.
Ferdinand pichard - beautiful and fragrant.
Ville de Bruxelles
Below are the classic R. rugosas - 'red' and 'white ( rosea & alba ) - very fast to grow - and tough enough for the wild conditions of West cork.
Flowers are present from early on to the end of the year.
These 'simple' rugosa roses are very fragrant too.
This was new in 2003 - and we were further inspired by a visit to the RHS garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate, Yorkshire.
It is to be found along the path , to the rear of the willow arbour , plants are still small and establishing themselves, but a good effect is already apparent. We have -Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus', Miscanthus sinensis ' Silberfeder', Miscanthus sinensis 'Little silver spider', Panicum virgatum 'Rotesbrushe', Stipa pennata, Stipa gigantea, Carex 'Frosted Curls', Acorus gramineus', Deschampsia flexuosa. Uncinia rubra, Spartina pectinata, Koeleria glauca, Ophiopogon planiscarpus nigrescens, Holcus variegatus, Carex 'Evergold', Carex stricta 'Bowles Golden', Milium effusum aurea, Pennisetum alopecuroides , Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Molinia caerula aurea, Carex caltoides, Carex buchannii, Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster', Miscanthus sacchariflorus, Carex testacea, . We are planting perennials and other plants that we think might be complementary such as - Crocosmia 'George Davidson' & 'Emily Mckenzie',Libertia grandiflora, wild teasels, Angelica gigas, Bamboo, Pampas grasses, Verbena bonariensis, Dierama , and others.
Grasses autumn 2003
Grasses - morning mist.
Teasel - an easy biennial from seed.