Summer is most definitely here! Recently I have been meeting one of my sisters on a weekly basis at Killruddery House & Gardens, a 17th century big house estate on the outskirts of Bray (just down the road from where I live). Especially in the good weather we've been having, it's a lovely place to walk about and also to stop for a pleasant coffee. I was there yesterday, and the waterlilies were starting to flower in the long ponds.
Last week in the woods I was surprised to see trillium. I thought they only grew in Canada, and are the provincial flower of my native province, Ontario. Last time I saw trillium was as forest floor cover in Aurora (near Toronto) while visiting in 1998 or 1999. I was a bit taken aback by seeing these trillium, which seemed larger than I remember, but with distinctive colouring, petals and foliage.
After walking through the woods, we found ourselves at the top of the large rockery with a gorgeous view of Killruddery House.