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Powerscourt in Summer ~

A trip to Powerscourt House during the summer saw me spend quite some time among the roses and hydrangeas with my camera.  They were so pretty, I just couldn’t help myself!  It’s one of my favourite places to visit at any time of year, with beautiful gardens that were recently voted the third best in the world by National Geographic.  There’s always something lovely to capture with the camera, no matter the time of year.  Soon their tree lined avenue will be full of lush autumn colour, and no doubt I’ll have to go on another visit to take more shots!

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Mount Usher Gardens ~ Co. Wicklow

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Mount Usher Gardens in Co Wicklow, and spent quite a few hours taking photos there.  I hadn’t expected the gardens to be so lush with flowers and greenery already, but as you can see from these shots it was full of colour and new life.  It was a lovely place to spend a spring afternoon!

I took some shots of the hyacinths growing in the gorgeous little Avoca shop attached to the gardens, and couldn’t resist a photo of the baked alaska my friend Emily tried (and loved) in the restaurant.  (I guzzled down my lemon curd cake without even thinking about taking a photo, but I guarantee you it was delicious!).  Hope you enjoy this post, I’d recommend the gardens to any visitors looking for a day out in Wicklow.  I look forward to revisiting this beautiful place when it’s in full bloom during the summer months.

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Spring Arrives at Powerscourt Estate ~ County Wicklow

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A couple of weekends ago we finally had a brief break in stormy weather we’ve been having this winter, so I used the opportunity to take a bus to the pretty village of Enniskerry in County Wicklow.  From there I walked to the Powerscourt Estate in search of snowdrops to shoot in the spring sunshine.  There’s nothing quite like the first flowers of the season to remind you that earth is awakening from her winter slumber and soon the world will be lush and green again!

Powerscourt did not disappoint; I spent several happy hours wandering in the gardens with my camera, lingering over the abundance of snowdrop flowers and stunning mountain views.  The garden was full of singing birds, and I even shared some crumbs with a friendly robin living near the house.  Afterwards a cup of tea and delicious slice of carrot cake in Avoca felt like the perfect way to get warm and wrap up the trip!

The gardens here are tended to beautifully and are always a pleasure to visit.  In May they’re having a dawn chorus walk which sounds like an experience I’d love to take part in. I’ll definitely be returning here during the summer months to take some photos of the estate in full bloom.

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