In the Roman Manner


After recent somewhat dispiriting posts, time for something more uplifting. Ballysallagh, County Kilkenny was discussed here almost five years ago (see https://theirishaesthete.com/2014/11/24/of-the-middle-size) but that page really needs to be revisited because, as a visit to the house not long ago revealed, the owners continue to be indefatigable in their improvements to the place. One of the latest additions is to the rear of the main building where a formal Italianate garden has been created. Just a handful of plants have been employed, including beech, box and Irish yew, but sophisticated design, and sound maintenance, means the eye never grows tired. Ballysallagh thankfully shows that growth, as much as decay, is possible in Ireland…

One comment on “In the Roman Manner

  1. Hibernophile says:

    Delightful so see some very tidy topiary. So often, well intentioned gardeners plant a parterre but do not realise the labour required to keep it in shape. The owners of Ballysallagh must be highly commended for their efforts. Other gardeners can be thus inspired as to how to achieve formality on a gradient. Initially I assumed the site was level (hard to tell from the photographs), until I noticed the stone steps.

    Splendid to have a more sanguine post to lift the spirits on a wet dreary November day; thank you Robert.

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