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Lily Pond

At Dromoland Castle

The Lily Pond at Dromoland Castle dates to the Edward O’Brien era (1705-1765)

A lily pond is a tranquil body of water covered with water lilies and other floating aquatic plants. Rounded rocks cover the terraces, so the pond liner is completely hidden in the shallow-water areas. It is edged in Liscannor flagstones, and the central walkway of the pond is of the same slate.

The water lily, or nymphaea, is a perennial plant that blooms from June to September, when it opens in the morning sunlight and closes in the late afternoon or evening. It is a notably fragrant flower that goes dormant during the winter, but it dies if the pond or lake it grows in freezes.