Irish Rose

On the back roads near where we are staying, we came across this Irish rose garden and wall of grey bursting with beautiful red roses.

An Irish Rose Garden

The owner was outside, so we stopped to ask him what kind of roses they are.  In a brief conversation, he told us…

  • He has 82 sheep.
  • His dog is the best sheep dog in the world.
  • His dog also does tricks.  We saw those tricks.
  • His kids are away in college.
  • He used to have rabbits as pets but not anymore.
We never did learn what kind of roses they are. 🙂

>The Irish Rose


34 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • August 12 2011

    What a very photogenic location. Those roses are absolutely beautiful.

    • August 13 2011

      It was just another of those hidden gems here that we casually happened upon. Love Ireland for that!

  • August 12 2011

    Wow… they are beautiful – how fitting that they are Irish roses – with the three separate sort of “blooms” on the inside they sort of resemble clovers!
    Amanda recently posted..#FriFotos: Up in the Air

    • August 13 2011

      Well, I don’t think they are specifically “Irish”, but it was the best name we came up with seeing as the man never did tell us! 🙂

  • August 12 2011

    Those are some of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. Great pictures!
    Bob Crunch recently posted..Bluegreen Communities and Operation FINALLY HOME

  • Those roses are beautiful.

    Those roses look to be Heritage Roses or Old Garden Roses.

    Heritage Roses are know for their “cabbag-y” blooms.

    I don’t know the name of those roses.

    I do tricks.

    You can’t see those tricks.
    Caanan @ No Vacation Required recently posted..Our Ultimate Multiple Personality Travel Adventure

  • August 12 2011

    Caanan wins.

    And this is sort of irrelevant, but still – was his dog a border collie?
    Christy @ Technosyncratic recently posted..Photo of the Week: Stormy View of River Thames and Tower of London

    • August 13 2011

      I think it had collie in it…but was a mutt!

  • Faith
    August 12 2011

    Pretty ones, of course 🙂

    I have a pet rabbit! I love when I get sucked into listening to people like that.

    • August 13 2011

      We used to have pet rabbits too! Although, he didn’t want to hear that from me, he just kept talking and talking… 🙂

  • August 13 2011

    Aren’t the Irish wonderful?? Nice little interaction there. So what dog tricks did you see? — Beautiful roses, too.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Coasting along Big Sur

    • August 13 2011

      It was a pretty memorable moment! We saw the dog stand up on it’s hind legs and walk! Pretty impressive. 🙂

  • August 13 2011

    What a cool old building (or house) – very nice contrast against the roses.

    As Caanan of the NVR guys mentioned, it does indeed look like a cabbagy bloom. It sort of looks like it has a tri-bloom going on.

    Nice photo too – reds are sometimes hard to do – you must have a had a nice cloudy day bring out a soft natural red in the bloom.
    Don Faust recently posted..Photo Friday: Costa Rica Zip Line Photo

    • August 13 2011

      Thanks Don – it’s not hard to find nice cloudy days around here… 🙂

  • August 13 2011

    You should come to Seattle some time. I’m still getting used to the grayness of it all.

    • August 15 2011

      We LOVE Seattle. But then we’ve only been there a few days at a time…not sure if I could get used to it non-stop. Blue skies today here in Ireland, and it’s the first time in a couple of weeks!

  • August 13 2011

    Oooh oooh can I name them? How about “triple buds”? Did they smell three times as rose-y? They’re certainly gorgeous!
    Andrea recently posted..Ode to Irish Brown Bread

    • August 14 2011

      You can name them whatevah you like – ha! That whole street was quite fragrant!

  • Emily in Chile
    August 14 2011

    Those are gorgeous! And I love the random facts that you learned 🙂

    • August 14 2011

      He was a talker! Such a nice man! 🙂

  • Abby
    August 14 2011

    Gorgeous!! I cannot imagine coming home to that every day.

    • August 14 2011

      His whole back yard was FULL of all different kinds of flowers (of which, he of course invited us back to see!)

  • August 15 2011

    They remind me of the roses on Alice in Wonderland in the Queen of Heart’s gardens! They are gorgeous.

  • Lisa Rogers
    August 15 2011

    I am enjoying your posts immensely…you’ve visited many of my favorite haunts. One thing you seem to be missing (although your photos show you have passed them many times) is the sheela-na-gig! You might consider finding one on your next excursion…they are a powerful experience. Many call them the Witch, the Child or even the Evil Eye. They are often found on sites associated with St. Brigid, Mary, or other old Irish Female Saints…often a church, a holy well, a clootie tree (covered in blessing ribbons and clothes).

    Slan Abhaile!

    • August 16 2011

      Lisa – I had never heard of a sheela-na-gig before this comment! We will definitely look into that – thanks! 🙂

  • August 18 2011

    Lovely shot! I like the random facts you’ve included as well 🙂

    • August 19 2011

      I had to include something, seeing as he wasn’t giving me the name of the flower! 🙂

  • Allison
    September 4 2011

    So pretty!! I wish he had told you what kind of roses… though there’s no chance I could make them grow like that! Thanks for sharing – don’t you just love the Irish?

  • Irene
    August 13 2012

    Maybe he changed the subject because he didn’t really know the name of the roses. They sure are beautiful though.

  • January 4 2013

    I think its name is Dublin Bay

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge