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The Dillon Gardens

The Dillon Gardens looks like a beautiful place to visit. Situated in Ranelagh, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, it is tended to by the owners, Val and Helen Dillon, and graciously open to the public. I found the on-line site by accident and I am happy that I did.

The primary reason that I stumble through countless garden websites is to look for pictures of perennial garden compositions.The Dillon Gardens did not disappoint. The site offers views of several colorful and inspiring flowerbeds. For the passionate gardener, they are definitely worth emulating. The eminent garden designer, Helen Dillon, author of seven books on gardening, is responsible for these eye-catching creations.

I wrote to The Dillon Gardens to ask for permission to use some of the photos of their flowerbeds. I was particularly interested in the two titled Blue Border and Red Border, respectively. Permission to post the photos to my blog could not be granted because they are copywritten by the photographer. Instead, Mr. Val Dillon was kind enough to e-mail another flowerbed photo, taken by his wife, Helen. Accompanying the picture was a detailed list of the flowers in that composition. I am grateful to the Mr. and Mrs. Dillon for their generosity.

Here is the list of the flowers that feature in the above photo: Knautia macedonica, Lythrum salicaria, pyrethrum, dahlias (tubers hardy in ground in Ireland), cannas (must be dug up for winter), Eupatorium purpureum, fuchsias, annual cosmos, opium poppies, Rose 'Florence Mary Morse'  with long stretches of Astrantia 'Ruby Wedding'.

To view the color-themed flowerbeds, click onto The Dillon Gardens website, look for the link titled Garden Gallery and scroll through the many pictures there to find several shots of the Blue and Red Borders.

Note: The original of the above photo is 5078K. The web host program could not handle that size and by shrinking it down to fit, a small part of the right side of the picture has been lost. I consider that to be an important aspect of the picture because it enhances the depth of the long shot. I will be happy to e-mail the original image to anyone curious to see it intact.

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Reader Comments (5)

This is such beautiful planting ... the colour mix is all purples, pinks and reds ... and it works so well. Love those cannas ... they really add the oomph!! Thanks for sharing this photo.

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Gardening and Ireland, the two topics that make up my rather simplistic list of obsessions. The Dillon gardens have long been on the list of Must See Gardens when I get around to the Must Do Tour of Ireland! An almost tropical flavor which I must admit isn't my first love when I consider a garden, but I think it is high time that I expanded my view. There is something decidedly 'Christophian' about the photo above [did you appreciate my feeble take on garden legend Christopher Lloyd just there?] with the Canna so cleverly juxtapositioned just so. Thanks for a plesant reminder!

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeza would you please spend a few minutes and check out my blog. I am a farmer who has been raising over fifty breeds of chickens for forty years.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRooster Shamblin

As someone probably about you age, I hope you wont be offended if I tell you are showing your age. Geeks have had their image refurbished and now wear the title as a badge of honor. After all, one of the richest men in America, Bill Gates, is a geek and so is Steve Jobs.

Nuelasta is a shot given after chemo to reinforce the body's defense system. It had better be good since it is outrageously expensive.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

Helen Dillon has some great books, she turned me onto where they sell wolf-garten tools, those things last a lifetime! She is very passionate about her hobbies. Thanks for the informative blog.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott Dixon

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