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Collette’s Irish Garden

Summer blooms from across the pond

Today we’re headed off to Cork, Ireland, to look back at some photos from this past summer in Collette O’Connell’s garden.

varied garden bedA variety of annuals mingle with perennials, shrubs, and rocks to create a varied garden bed with a long season of interest.

yellow and orange marigoldsA cheery patch of bright yellow and orange marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual) echoes the warm yellow colors of the foliage of the surrounding shrubs.

geraniums in hanging basketsAn old tree trunk has been repurposed into a spot to hang baskets of geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual).

trimmed hedgesNeatly mown lawns and trimmed hedges make a nice frame for colorful garden beds.

pots of annualsGlowing pots of annuals, including geraniums and Calibrachoa, stand against a background hedge made up of a tapestry of beautiful shrubs.

butter daisyThe bright yellow daisy flowers here are the little annual butter daisy (Melampodium).

red-and-white dahliaRed geraniums combine with a red-and-white dahlia (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb), purple meadow sage (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 4–8), and a pink dianthus (Dianthus hybrid).

A gorgeous rich, dark-red Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria, Zones 8–10)


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  1. PattyLouise 12/14/2020

    Delightful garden! Love all of the color!

  2. cheryl_c 12/14/2020

    Your daring color combinations are admirable. I'd never seen a 'butter daisy' before - lovely! And what a dramatic alstromeria! I've just started adding a more common yellow-orange variety to my gardens and love it. Thanks for sharing.

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    cynthia2020 12/14/2020

    Collette - I like the orange, red, and dark pink flowers. My favorite picture is fifth from the end of the set - the one showing the wide flower border, neat lawn and hedge, and tall green tree. Thank you for sharing your garden with us!

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    bdowen 12/14/2020

    I love being able to visit a faraway garden while sipping tea in my living room! Favorites: the tree with the hanging pots, the deep red Peruvian lily and all the eye-catching red flowers. Thank you for sharing your garden.

  5. btucker9675 12/14/2020

    Such a pretty garden! Love using the tree trunk as flower hangers - we have a couple of trees that need to be taken down and we're going to leave a portion of the trunk for that same usage.

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    simplesue 12/14/2020

    Oh that dark-red Peruvian lily is outstanding!
    Such a healthy & thriving garden you have!

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    treasuresmom 12/14/2020

    Love seeing gardens from foreign countries! Everything is so lovely.

  8. carolineyoungwilliams 12/14/2020

    Collette, Your garden is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing..

  9. Rebeccazone7 12/14/2020

    I love the Peruvian Lily color against the stone wall and the hanging baskets on the tree. I'm having some trees taken down this week and am anxious to use the stumps for gardening. It's such a joy to have this site with gardening color, knowing spring will come around in it's own time.

  10. user-5117752 12/14/2020

    I, too, love your colors and the use of the tree stump! Everything looks so lush and beautiful BUT, most of all I'm crazy about that old rock wall that looks like it might tumble down any minute! Is it very old? Did you build it or was it always there from a time long ago? My imagination is running away with itself. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share with us all.

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