The Golden Path 🍁
The Towers - Lismore
The Towers Walk is a 2 km loop set amid a famine era folly. Arthur Kiely Usher promised to build an ostentatious castle for his spoilt wife. In 1850 he created The Towers- imposing gothic style gate lodges and bridge. With so much money spent on this ornate entrance, there was no money left for the castle and a grand folly was born.
The path winds through woodland habitat: a diverse range of tree species can be seen including ash, oak, sycamore, horse chestnut, spruce, and fir as well as shrubs of holly, hazel and bramble. The main avenue is planted with a row of tall shaking poplars and rhododendron, interspersed by pheasant berry, snowberry, holly and much more.
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“The Monkey Puzzle Tree”. What do you know about it? ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️🌲 Well I must say that I was puzzled to be sure when it was first pointed out to me. Maybe YOU already know about this unique tree and its controversial appearance and name? It seems to be found in parts of Northern America as well as in Europe. It’s also the name of the province in Chile where it was first discovered and the province, in turn, is named after a native American tribe. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️🌲Its botanical name: Araucaria araucana, pronounced-air-ah-KAIR-ee-uh / air-ah-KAY-nuh, or also fondly known as the Monkey Puzzle Tree, is one of the most extraordinary trees in the world. This unique ancient tree can live up to a great age. They are known to be over 1,300 years old! I will just stick with the easier name of Monkey Puzzle for myself!
▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️🌲The Monkey Puzzle tree is a slow growing conifer with tall, straight, greyish-brown, wrinkled like an elephant, hide for bark on its’ trunk. The branches are filled with flattened, sharp, glossy, dark green leaves that look more like a succulent plant.
▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️🌲The Irish climate actually bears some resemblance to that of the Andean plateaux, which are the monstrosity’s natural home. As a result, we have some of the finest specimens outside South America right here in Ireland! Now if you want to see plenty of them, then do visit places like Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow and in the Woodstock Gardens in Co. Kilkenny near Inistioge, Ireland, where Monkey Puzzle trees line the avenue! ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️🌲The tree also fed the indigenous Chilean people with the seeds in their huge cones, big as pineapples (and unfolding, sometimes like a fist, sometimes called "a wooden rose"). They are very similar to the Pine Nuts...have you ever seen this tree yourself or perhaps had the privilege of eating the seeds?