Castle Ruins and Flowers
Last week I put up a preview for this post and was meant to write the full post the following day … as you can see I got slightly distracted with writing my thesis and building a vegetable garden! I think it is time to share this story with you all though!
Last week I went for a walk in Donadea Woods, near my house in Kildare. I went just to clear my head and get some fresh air. Little did I know I would find such a delightful surprise adorning the walls of the crumbling castle.
The castle has fallen in to disrepair over the years and is at this stage just a preserved shell. As you can see from the photos the façade has stood the test of time, yet the interior is pretty much non-existent. It does however boast some great ivy growing in the main entrance.
I normally just glance up at the castle as I walk from the car park to the lake but this time something caught my eye. In one corner of the castle just below a window was a patch of purple. As I got close I noticed it was a patch of purple flowers growing from the brickwork.
As I looked around more I noticed it was dotted all over the castle, in great hanging sways in some parts I might add. The vivid purple flowers have a great contrast against the grey stonework. It was a great find, that I must admit cheered me up no ends to find. I think it is Aubrietas, but I could be mistaken. If anyone knows for definite let me know!