So having completed the lake walk and come back in the direction of the House, I took the path signposted to the Fern Garden. Personally I love ferns, particularly when you can see them as tight coils about to spring.
This feature of the Blarney Gardens seemed quite new to me and it was almost as if it was yet to fully bed down, notably the large non-native ferns. Of course there was always plenty of bracken and moss and my timing was such that the coils were there. I liked that there were plenty of small winding paths through this wooded area, making it much less of a formal area.
This area was a great contrast to the main gardens around the Castle and had a real ‘explorer’ feel about it. While it still seemed a bit new, I have to applaud what they are doing here.