April showers! And wind. And frost. And fog. But April days are getting longer – just in time as it’s getting very busy in the walled garden.
Ensuring the soil is healthy and fertile is a priority and so the entire garden has had a liberal sprinkling of well-rotted manure. As well as adding nitrogen, the manure increases the soil’s organic matter and keeps the gardener’s biceps in shape!
Not sure what to get for your mother for Mother’s Day? A Ballymaloe Gift Voucher may be the answer.
Vouchers can be tailored to cover a wide range of special treats:
A Relaxing Getaway
Treat your mother to a relaxing few days away to completely unwind at Ballymaloe. Have breakfast in bed, read a book by the fire, take walks through the woods and gardens or book a massage with Eilish our masseuse. Accommodation and breakfast rates start at €95 per night per person sharing. To book click here.
The Deserted Race Course and Killiney Bay From A Railway Carriage are now included in the exhibition of Pat Scott's work at the IMMA in Dublin. This is the first time Killiney Bay has left Ballymaloe since Ivan Allen bought it from Pat Scott in the 60's. It is one of our favourites from the art collection at Ballymaloe House.
We were very saddened to hear of Pat Scott’s recent passing and send our condolences to his family.
The Garden Galley
Irish Museum for Modern Art
16 Feb - 18 May
This year Ballymaloe House is delighted to be celebrating 50 years in business. In June of 1964, Myrtle Allen first opened the Yeats Room at Ballymaloe, offering guests the opportunity to ‘Dine in an Irish Country House’.
Every year Ballymaloe closes for a few days over Christmas when the house returns to a family home and this year we had a record number of 64 family and friends for Christmas dinner.
Myrtle gives everyone a job - cooking, waitressing, making pre dinner cocktails, washing up, organising games etc.
This year Cully got the very important roll as head chef! But with several very will qualified sous chefs (including Darina) and a cocktail or two to keep things festive, it was one of the more enjoyable jobs.
November in the Ballymaloe walled garden and it's still very busy. We're busy harvesting for the kitchen - brussels sprouts, beetroot, leeks and swedes. The recent frost has improved the taste of the curly kale and cavolo nero by reducing some of the bitterness. And of course, we're still picking winter lettuce and the glasshouse has plenty of salad leaves - orientals, New Zealand spinach, claytonia and rocket.
This week we will pick the first of our beautiful Romanesco from the Ballymaloe Garden. It is a very impressive looking Vegetable from the Brassica Oleracea Species. It grows in a logarithmic Spiral and has a delicate nutty flavour. Look out for it on the menu