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Saturday, 29 September 2012

West Dorset Autumn Break Part 2 Forde Abbey

This part deals mainly with our visit to Forde Abbey near Chard Somerset. The house itself we visited in May so this visit concentrated on the gardens, the stars of which are undeniably the huge variety of Dhalias. Please excuse any flower names or descriptions that I have missed, and apologies for the amount of pictures. We heartily recommend this splendid house and garden for a days visit

I have posted large file pictures for best results view them full size by clicking on them
Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on a Convulvulus 

Dahlias in the walled garden

I love raindrops on a flower

Dahlia `Eveline`

Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Dahlia `Moonfire`

Convulvulus `Blue Ensign`

Part of the walled garden the front borders flowers the rear vegetables on both sides

A very large white Rhododendron with just three flowers growing on the south facing wall of the house

My favourite of all the dahlias in the garden

Grasses make a welcome change

Two views of the house from one of the three lakes

A little hide-away with a bench and a window with a view of the top lake

It had a use one day but not sure what

No room for me on this great swing seat

Forde Abbey now a private family home

Knockout colour

This dear lady had the job of dead-heading all the flowers in the walled garden

The climber Mina `Spanish Flag` in the foreground

Hibiscus `Trionum`

Lake holding the Emperor fountain

Stepping stone

Emperor fountain
Salvia `Phyllis Fancy`

All photos on this post Canon Ixus SD1300 IS set on auto


  1. Hello David,
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog and for following me. Your photos are so good and the pictures with insects so sharp.It looks like you had a wonderful time in Dorset, we love the coast between Bridport and Lyme Regis too.
    Sarah x

  2. I've really enjoyed your last post and this one with all the wonderful pictures. It sure is a lovely part of the country which I've always enjoyed visiting. Cheers Flighty.