Monthly Archives: May 2015

Mount Congreve May 2015

As Mount Congreve Gardens are in full bloom for the month of May, the Deise Camera Club headed off on Saturday morning to capture the stunning array of colour on show at the moment. The late owner Mr. Ambrose Congreve was a great believer that every garden should have surprises and have good vantage points, where the gardens and the surrounding landscape can be viewed together.

There’s certainly a surprise around every corner this month with such vibrant colour azaleas, from vivid pinks, oranges, reds. It’s an artist’s delight with complimentary colours twinned everywhere, purples with vivid yellows in the background or various shades of pink and reds teamed together on wonderful winding paths.

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The vibrant bluebells were a sight to behold and truly breath-taking in the woodland areas and all of us were trying to get the best composition using leading lines such as steps, or paths. Some of us were lucky to have Karl with us to show us the very best bluebell spots! I noticed lots of macro shots being taken particularly of peonies, clematis and poppies; no doubt for the upcoming macro theme in June.

Mount Congreve is built on a 70 acre site overlooking the River Suir, the original Irish name, Bruachaille, means “the edge of a cliff”. Exciting times ahead for Mount Congreve with the gardens being accessible from the new Deise Greenway in the not too distant future. Known as one of the “Great Gardens of the World” and it certainly is one of Waterford’s (and Ireland’s) hidden gems and worth a visit very regularly through the seasons.  Can’t wait to go back to see the rhododendrons (all 2000 of them) as well as the upcoming summer perennials which will give all of us photographers some more amazing photo opportunities as well as a delightful walk.

We even had time to check out the many plants and shrubs for sale before adjourning to the café for much needed “coffee, cake and camera chat” after a very enjoyable morning in a truly wonderful place.

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