It is May in County Clare and the Burren is in Bloom

The magical limestone landscape of the Burren is located along the coast of north Clare and south Galway. It has been described as a large natural rockery.  

Along the roadside and between the crevices of the limestone pavement flowers burst into bloom, especially in the month of May and June.

Among the many varied and beautiful flowers which have come to symbolise the Burren are: Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala) Spring Gentian (Gentiana vernal), Burnet Rose (Rosa spinosissima), Hoary Rockrose (Helianthemum canum) Milkwort (Polagala vulgarise), Bloody Crane’sbill (geranium sanguineum)  and over twenty species of orchids.
There are many others as described by Irish poet Michael Longley:

I named for you all the wild flowers of the Burren
I had seen in one day: thyme, valerian, loosestrife,
Meadowsweet, tway blade, crowfoot, ling, angelica,
Herb Robert, marjoram, cow parsley, sundew, vetch,
Mountain ravens, wood sage, ragged robin, stitchwort,
Yarrow, lady’s bedstraw, bindweed, bog pimpernel.
(The Ice Cream Man:  Michael Longley)
The Burren in Bloom Festival takes place every year. This year it ran from 28th April – 18th May 2016.

The flora of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Burren are an inspiration to artists, botanists, and jewellery designers.   
If you can’t get to the co or if you just like beautiful flowers, take a look at our flower collection at www.deblaca.ie
 

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