DESCRIPTIONS OF THE TREES IN THE CLUCKER
Cedrus Deodara: This tree is a coniferous tree
with long needles and a pale blue-green colour. Its branches are drooping, and
its pine cones are rounded at the tip and reddish brown. Deodar is a Hindu word meaning ‘Timber of the Gods’, and the
fragrant wood is sometimes used for incense in
Oak (Quercus Robur): This tree is 450 years old, and is known as a Champion or Veteran tree. It has been struck by lightning. Because of its age, it cannot reproduce from acorns, and the two year old tree beside it has been grown from a shoot. The oldest oak tree in Co Laois is at Abbeyleix and is 1000 years old.
The Japanese Maples (Acer) are medium-sized trees with beautifully coloured foliage in autumn – shades of red, gold and purple.
Variegated Holly (Ilex): This holly has green and white leaves, and plenty of red berries in the autumn.
Yew (Taxus): Long ago there were yew trees in the Clochar garden just like those that can be seen in the formal garden. All Irish yew trees are the offspring of the yew tree in Florence Court Co Fermanagh which dates from the 1760s. Yew berries are poisonous.
The Himalayan Spruce (Picea
Smithiana) comes from the
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii)
This conifer comes from
Sequoiadendron Wellingtonia This tree is the same as those
on the avenue at the front of the house, which were planted in 1853 and named
after the Duke of Wellington. The species originates in
OTHER THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Statue of Huntsman and Dog
Haha: This is a ditch that separates the garden from the field where cattle were grazed.