Sunday 22 April 2018

Blooms booming in unseasonal weather

Allison Bray

UNSEASONAL weather conditions are partly responsible for the proliferation of spectacular wildflower displays across the country this summer.

The rural laneways and roadsides of Connemara in Co Galway have been host to some of the most stunning displays of wildflowers in years, according to Anja Gohlke, head gardener at the Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore Abbey in Galway.

"Over the past few weeks I've noticed the wild flowers of Connemara are more abundant and spectacular in size and colour than I have seen before," she said.

Walkers, hikers, cyclists and anyone else who has had time to literally stop and smell the wild roses will have noticed especially intense arrays of wildflowers dotting our fields, roadsides and waterways.

The hedgerows of Co Kerry have been lit up with stunning displays of the delicate red, yellow and orange-tipped wild Crocosmia, while riverbanks and marshes have been teeming with brilliant Purple Loosestrife.

Matthew Jebb, director of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, said the unseasonal weather had helped nurture some spectacular displays of wildflower this year.

Although many people may consider them to be more weed than flower, there was a massive explosion of dandelions dotting our verges and roadsides due to a wet summer last year, he said. The cold winter last year may have also triggered a more expansive display of blooms, he added.

"Some of the effects of a long cold winter can lead to a synchronous flowering, so everything comes together," he said.

Irish Independent

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