Saturday 21 October 2017

Strawberry fields and purple reign in south-east

Cerry Hornillos harvesting lavender at the Lavender Field in Kilmacanogue. Photo: Barbara Flynn
Cerry Hornillos harvesting lavender at the Lavender Field in Kilmacanogue. Photo: Barbara Flynn

Gavin White

The lack of summer showers has resulted in bumper lavender harvests and bountiful strawberry fields.

Lavender is native to the Mediterranean, and thrives in well-drained soil, and a warm, sheltered, sunny spot.

Lavender farmer David Cox, who owns Fragrances of Ireland in Wicklow, said the blue skies have resulted in a haze of the fragrant flowers.

Mr Cox says the picturesque fields have been a source "of huge interest" for passers-by.

Demand has also been high for Irish strawberries.

Jimmy Kearns, who has been running his family farm in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, for over 40 years, said Irish strawberries now have an international reputation.

"I go travelling with my wife quite a bit in Holland, Belgium and Italy to name a few and we always notice they are a good bit behind us," he said.

It seems the good weather is to continue as Ireland will be basking in sunshine this weekend with temperatures reaching 20C.

Today will be generally dry with moderate breezes and highest temperatures of 16-19C, becoming cloudier at night with temperatures dropping to 12-13C.

However, those in the Munster coastal regions will see low cloud and mist.

Irish Independent

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