Fota Frameyard Blog

Gardening, Nature and Heritage from Fota House


Leave a comment

Small and unpretending

The delicate blue flowers of Forget-Me-Not are holding their own among the strong, wiry stalks of Sweet William in Glasshouse No. 5. Both species (Myosotis scorpiodes and Dianthus barbatus) fit well into our Victorian setting. Much has been written about the symbolism of Forget-Me-Not, stretching back to Medieval times. It is associated with King Henry IV who is said to have adopted the flower as his symbol while in exile from England in 1398. 

Continue reading

Advertisements


Leave a comment

We’re open! Come and visit us in the Fota Frameyard.

We’re open again! The weather was very kind to us and our visitors on the first day of our new season in the Frameyard. Our visitors  today included people from Pittsburg, USA, Wexford, Tipperary, West Cork and some locals too. Sunshine. Bird-song. Flowers. Trees. What more could you want on a Monday in March? 

Continue reading

Fota Frameyard Sweet Pea


Leave a comment

Gabriella’s Choice -The Sweet Pea

Lots of Sweet Pea are grown in Fota every year. When the Frameyard is open to the public, some volunteers collect their flowers and make beautiful bunches of them. They don’t last long, as they are among the first items to be bought by our visitors. The scent reminds me of my Granny’s garden. It has the power to bring me right back to my early childhood.

Continue reading