May & June on Mount Juliet Estate - A Woodland Paradise
May/June – Mount Juliet Estate- Woodland Paradise
Wisteria sinensis adorns the front façade of the manor house at Mount Juliet, heralding the start of summer delights.
The month of May on Mount Juliet Estate heralds the start of active growth of plants throughout the estate – With the unfurling of the green leafy canopy throughout our woodland areas, an under story of greenery and floral delights also emerge from the detritus of autumn leaf fall. The many woodland trails and walkways that interweave through the estate give guests and visitors a valuable opportunity and access route to bear testament to these delights. The magical contrast of the rich heavenly blue of the our native bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta with the ubiquitous cow parsley – Anthriscus sylvestris is a magical sight to behold under the dappled shade afforded by the unveiling leafy canopy. In Mount Juliet, we are fortunate to have some of the most mature woodland areas in the country and some of the most established and well developed native forest floor plantings. The scent of bluebells drifting through the evening and early morning air are a joy to behold for those lucky enough to walk or trek these areas. We also have plants like Petasites fragrans or winter heliotrope with its kidney shaped leaves that develop to carpet the forest floor affording cover and shade for wildlife such as the hedgehog, mink, shrew etc. The recent spotting of pine martens near the banks of the River Nor on the estate is truly wonderful. The seasonal evolution of the woodland environment around the estate is symptomatic of life itself. The forest floor vegetation emerges, flowers, sets seed and dies away in the time it takes for the tree leaves to unfurl and fully expand to create a dense shady canopy. This cycle of life is in turn replicated with the trees themselves as later on, they flower, set seed and shed their leaves with the onset of autumn.
Woodland harmony – Scilla hyacinthoides non-scripta (native Irish Bluebell) contrasting beautifully with the virgin white floral sprays of cow parsley.
Pine marten – spotted recently near the river bank in Mount Juliet
The tree canopy itself is alive in May and June with the chirpy din of birds actively engaged in procreation activity and nest building. We are so fortunate on the estate to have such a large array of bird life and the presence of the River Nore and our numerous lakes and streams give us the added benefit of an array of bird life synonymous with aquatic existence. The River Nore as it passes through our estate is a renowned and recognised sanctuary for the kingfisher and we also have many cormorants, herons, swans, moorhens, ducks etc.
Magical! Laburnum Watereri Vossii with its cascading sprays of yellow flowers lighting up the gardens at Mount Juliet.
Aquilegia sp. Commonly known as Columbine or Bishop’s Cap – magical plant that can be seen growing profusely around the woodland margins and rockery garden at Mount Juliet, self-seeds prolifically in moist shady environments with dappled shade.
Kingfisher in feeding mode – Mount Juliet Estate and the River Nore is a recognised sanctuary for these beautiful birds.
Mount Juliet Estate truly is a magical paradise at any time of year but especially when summer kicks off. Enjoy!