Thursday, 14 April 2016

GOOD FENCES at Mount Stewart Gardens

Yesterday we toured the inside of the National Trust property at Mount Stewart House near Newtownards however today we will take a look at the gardens.  In a lot of the images you will find small fence hedges, large hedge fences, stone walls and balustrades.  They are not always obvious so keep your ‘eyes peeled’! (that means keep your eyes open in Northern Ireland speak!)


Mount Stewart has many varied types of gardens and firstly we step into the Italian Garden.  



Spanish Garden with beautiful manicured hedges.



Stepping into the Sunk Garden, I thought there was not much colour however on closer inspection I found these stately Imperial Lilies and pretty pink Erica hedges.




In the Irish Gardens of course we have the Irish Harp and the Red Hand of Ulster planted with lovely Primula. Unfortunately it was in shade. I would like to get a step ladder when the sun was out and take a shot from above.



Also in this area is this very pretty blossom tree, Camellias, and Mahonia.




Following this path we pass some beautiful Rhododendrons with a variety of colours before we finish up at the lakeside where the two Mute Swans were feeding.  I do hope they breed this year again. Last year I photographed 7 eggs on the nest and later 7 cygnets hatched.










 I hope you enjoyed our wander round the grounds of Mount Stewart and tomorrow I will show you some reflection images 
from the lake so join me then.

I am linking with GOOD FENCES.

Thanks for visiting and also to all who leave comments.

44 comments:

  1. Hi Margaret, stunning post! I love the Spanish garden and I grew up knowing a sunken garden. There's always beauty and interest in nature if you look closer, isn't there? I love the red hand of Ulster and the harp. Oh everything is superb and you captured it beautifully. Blessings Jo

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    1. HI Jo I am hoping that some day you will come to visit me and you can se it for yourself.

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  2. A truly beautiful place.
    And, as an aussie, we were instructed to keep our eyes peeled too (though that may have been my British mother's influence).

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    1. I added that bit about the eyes in case someone did not know that saying.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. How I wish I could also visit this gorgeous place. I want to check out every corner of this great place!

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    1. He would be very welcome to come and visit this place. It is both beautiful inside the House and outside in the garden it's magnificent.

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  4. What an incredibly amazing place. I'm glad you took us along on your tour!! Wow.

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  5. Your photos of Mount Stewart do it proud, Margaret. It is one of the best gems in Ulster, inside and out.
    Thanks for sharing its beauty today!

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    1. Yes I agree. I read somewhere recently that it was one of the top 10 gardens in the world and I can't believe it. If you're thinking of coming over to see it sometime, let me know and if I'm free I will come and meet you and perhaps we could have a coffee together.

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  6. Hello Margaret, what a lovely tour of the gardens. The flowers and swans are beautiful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the tour, flowers and Swans.

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  7. I did enjoy our walk through the gardens and I am a bit surprised at the number of blooming flowers. I always thought we were on a comparable latitude, but we are a far cry from any blooms here. They are indeed beautiful and I too hope your swans breed because they are wonderful parents and there can never be enough swans in the world. Beautiful, Margaret ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the tour of the gardens the garden seem to have a microclimatic of its own but I would've thought that our spring would come before your spring.

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  8. They are such beautiful gardens Margaret. What is really noticeable is how good everything looks so green and with such gorgeous flowers, especially after the terrible winter we had.

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  9. How I’d like to explore this garden in person! I would enjoy the nature itself and pay attention to fences or hedges as you suggested.

    Yoko

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  10. Lovely photo's here Margaret.
    It looks a glorious place to visit.
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  11. Beautiful place, creative fencing, lovely nature shots and love the elegant swans!

    Happy Weekend coming to you ~ ^_^

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  12. What a beautiful area Mount Stewart is. Thanks for the tour.
    MB

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    1. Glad you joined the tour and enjoyed it.

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  13. What a marvelous place - so much to see. Your photos are gorgeous.

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  14. One could get lost in all the beauty there. Love the different fences, hedges, flowers (The Rhodies were super pretty) and my favorite shot of all today was the one with the swans.

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    1. Yes, it is special to have the swans on the lake and I do hope they breed this year

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  15. LOVE the capture of the Spanish garden, which reminds me of my son who's doing an internship in Barcelona (next to the famous Gaudi!) and he related to us that it's too bad he has no time to see the sights. All of you other captures are beautiful as well.
    Margaret you're so often on my blog, why don't you next time add one of your beautiful images (anything goes - it's beyond landscapes, as long as it's taken during the season) The link is open Sunday-Wednesday, US Pacific time. Hope to see you there! Enjoy your weekend!
    About your comment, no I've never tried to voice-dictate my comments, am not a gadget person (maybe I'm getting to old, that's why, haha)

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    1. I'm so glad you like the gardens. unfortunately, due to the time constraints, I cannot link to any more blogs.

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  16. What a great place with some great flowers.


    peter

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  17. Very nicely documented--- Beautiful shots of the flowers.

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  18. Such a great place and so stunning pictures - i enjoyed all of them!

    Thank you so much for visiting my Blog all the times ... have a nice day, Frauke

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  19. beautiful gardens and hedges!

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  20. Beautiful gardens! It looks like there were palm trees growing there?

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  21. Such a beautiful place to explore. Your photos are very lovely. thanks for your visit!

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  22. What a beautiful place, and such amazing 'eye candy' to photograph!

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  23. Lovely flowers, Margaret. Our neighbors a couple houses away have a Camellia. The amount of beautiful flowers it produces is stunning.
    ~

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  24. Oh yes,I did enjoy this stroll through these beautiful gardens.Since I know,as well as you that beauty cannot be fully captured in a picture,these gardens must be amazing.These pictures show so much beauty.

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  25. Beautiful gardens, with nice themes!! Outstanding colors on the blooms!!

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  26. Delightful images! Love the bright flowers!

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  27. these gardens are perfect. love the sunken and the Spanish gardens and their fences made from hedges are amazing. flowers are awesome

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  28. Hello,Margaret,
    I like to see those beautiful gardens! So refreshing and the white swans on the water are so lovely.
    Have a good day!

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  29. These gardens are beautiful!

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  30. The gardens are wonderful! I love the rhododendrons.

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