Monday, May 18, 2015

Dreaming of The Irish Garden

Today for tea I am dreaming of The Irish Garden in a book review offered to me by the Quarto Publishing Group USA.  

I am fond of this book.  It might be one of the most beautiful gardening books I have ever come across.  Written by Jane Powers with photographs by Jonathan Hession, the book takes you away to the "Emerald Isle" to discover around 60 of the most romantic gardens in the world.  The secret to the large variety of gardens lies in the tail of the Gulf Stream-the North Atlantic Drift.  The Gulf Stream's warm and watery effect creates Ireland's climate.  The climate can allow trees from Australia and bananas from Japan to thrive here. Plants from colder regions, such as alpine regions, are also at home in Ireland.  Some of the types of gardens pictured in this book were formal, cottage, kitchen, naturalized wildflowers, statuary, woodland, architectural, cutting borders, walled gardens, terraced gardens, land form gardens, Italian gardens, and water gardens.  Here was just a sample of some of the gardens I enjoyed.

This is exactly what I picture in my mind when I think of an Irish landscape; this bridge over a little stream in a woodland setting so green and lush.

But did you know they also have Japanese gardens?  Here is the symbolic Bridge of Life leading to the Garden of Peace and Contentment.  Many of the Asian plants thrive in Ireland.

Here is another woodland stream that is just perfection.

A series of low weirs manipulates the flow of water into a succession of little falls in the River Vartry at Mount Usher in county Wicklow.  This book is large 10 inches by 12 inches and 400 pages.  It is the perfect coffee table book and full of gorgeous color photography.  I really can't say I have ever seen a more gorgeous gardening book.  I highly recommend it for your favorite garden lover.  I really enjoyed it and plan to keep it out in my living room so I can disappear into some Irish garden while I am armchair traveling.

The teacup today is made by Gracie China the pattern is Stechcol.

Get yourself a copy of The Irish Garden and have a cup of tea. It is the most gorgeous book to sit and savor tea over! 

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group USA for providing me with this book for review.  The review and opinions were entirely my own.


I will link this to:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Share your Style Thursday at Common Ground
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Tuesday Garden Party at Simplify, Live, Love


Julie said...

What beautiful photographs! I just love that red bridge floating through all of the green. Your teacup is really pretty, too, Cindy.

Bernideen said...

Yes - those are lovely photos for sure. I have never been there so I would adore the book! You did a good job reviewing it all!

Martha's Favorites said...

Beautiful! Wish I was there. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

The book looks really gorge. I love gardening books, this one looks great. Lovely tea, I've never seen that particular pattern. Really delicate. ❤

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a wonderful book! I have been to Ireland in spring, and it is lush and lovely! Only visited a few gardens though. I'm going to be looking for that book! Lovely tea time....such a pretty pattern on the cup. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What gorgeous photos from that book. You did a splendid job on the review and now every gardener will want a copy. Your teacup is very pretty too. Love the roses with the script and stamp. Thanks for joining me for tea.


Pura Vida said...

I'm dreaming of the green also!

Jonell w Harrison said...

These photos just remind me I once had a dream of traveling to Ireland..

GranthamLynn said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing the book and photos.

Margie said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful garden images. I also admire the pretty rose design of your teacup!

Rosemary-Thyme said...

Looks like a great book. The images look breathtaking.

Have a wonderful week.


Zaa said...

Such a lovely way to enjoy teatime...Thanks for sharing the pictures and info....Hugs

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

What a gorgeous book! It makes me want to go there to visit even more than I already do!
thanks for sharing. xo

Mary said...

Gorgeous book Sherry! It looks perfect for armchair travelling (and gardening :) with a cup of tea!

Schotzy said...

A truly glorious looking book... having jsut returned from ireland jsut one month ago today, I am still luxuriating in the fond memories of a land that has continually called my name all of my life... I will be on the lookout for a copy of this beautiful book!