The Dillon Garden, Ranelagh
For those of us with only a Winter Corner, Viburnum farreri is essential. A sprig in a warm room invites the nose to a swooning scent of heliotrope. A native of China, apparently common in Chinese gardens, it has clusters of light pink flowers, appearing in succession from November on. Soil and aspect are of little concern.
Rubus thibetanus, a type of bramble, has prickly stems around five foot tall, which have an almost opalescent, silvery-white bloom, very pronounced in winter. I have it underplanted with a carpet of black-leaved Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'. Rather sophisticated, don't you think? R. cockburnianus is similar, the stems just as decorative, but a plant better used by country landowners for pheasants to hid in - it's too invasive for the small garden.
But hellebores of the H. orientalis type, ravishing plants to the last, are easier to please. The flowers, the first in bloom now, coen heavenly colours, including smokey purple-black, crimson, yellow, pink, white, and numerous different shades of purple. Every December, I cut off all the old leaves, an important part of preventing the spread of fungus disease, which distorts the flowers and leaves with blackish spots.
Winter gardens have a magic all of their own. Ordinary things, when illuminated by a low winter sun, are suddenly transformed. A withered herbaceous stem, fallen leaf or even a stray pebble suddenly becomes a thing of mystery when attached to a long dark shadow.
Bed and Breakfast rate for December only! Perfect for when you are coming to Dublin to shop, see a show or to meet friends. The Dublin Christmas Market is on our doorstep, the Gaiety Panto is a two minute walk and the iconic Grafton Street is around the corner - you can't get a better location in Dublin city.
Gaiety Panto Rate
Special Bed and Breakfast rate for guests attending the Gaiety Panto show. The Grafton Capital Hotel is only a 2 minute walk from the Gaiety and is the perfect match for your visit to the Panto!
4 Nights or more Special
Stay 4 nights or more and get a great discount, must be booked at least 60 days in advance. Rate is room only, breakfast is available in the hotel.
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