Michael Classon’s garden “Summy” is located near the scenic village of Rosbeg, and is described in The Donegal Garden Trail as “established in 1979 in a valley on a rocky hillside surrounded by four acres of native hazel woodland with blackthorn, juniper, burnet rose, ash and oak. Native primrose, bluebells, orchids and varied ferns abound. Emphasis has been placed on the blending of nature and the provision of all year round colour from many trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants. Above the house is the woodland garden with rambling roses and honey bees buzzing in a shady glade.”
The driveway to “Summy” is lined with Hydrangeas:
A beautiful white Tree Poppy stands tall on the opposite side:
The scent of Honeysuckle fills the air:
Day Lilies sparkle after a summer rain shower:
Hypericum is thriving, and will flower all summer:
On the hill behind Michael’s home, we pass sweetly scented Paul’s Himalayan Musk Roses:
A variety of shrubs and trees adorn the hillside in contrasting colours:
A stunning white Hydrangea smiles gently:
Further up the hillside, we look upwards into the centre of a Monkey Puzzle tree:
The path winds on through Hazel and Ferns. In springtime a sea of Bluebells delights the eye. What a perfect combination.
The Garden Trail brochure continues “In a sheltered glen below the house a pond mirrors the ever changing Donegal skies. This naturally spring-fed pool is surrounded with a host of shrubs, fruit trees and acid loving plants.”
A series of gently sloping paths lead to the pond:
It is a haven of peace and tranquility.
and merits a seat to breathe in the stillness.
Our journey continues past more Himalayan Musk Roses and a Gertrude Jekyll Rose (on the right):
Michael cups an unusual star shaped Mallow flower:
It has taken many years of hard work on a site that many would have thought impossible, but Michael and his late wife have created a treasure of a garden.
It is well worth a visit.
If you enjoyed this post you may also like to read about other gardens in The Donegal Garden Trail:
Brigid P. Gallagher
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