When we arrived we were rather surprised to see trucks galore and soon realised there was a film crew there. At the ticket office we were informed that a movie remake of "Far From the Madding Crowd" was being filmed. Thankfully the gardens were still open and in fact we had to walk past loads of actors/extras in period costume to get to the gardens around the front of the house. We didn't find out until we left which actors were starring in it; nobody that I know apart from a couple of people I've vaguely heard of. Thank goodness it wasn't Colin Firth is all I can say, or I'd have spent all afternoon hanging around trying to get a glimpse of him! I actually remember the film from decades ago starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates but don't know the story line at all as I saw it when I was too young to make sense of it.
What I was surprised and pleased to see were the amount of pretty autumn colours here - a total contrast from higher up where Mum lives. We were told that this valley is in fact in quite a frost pocket which may explain some of the more native plants having already coloured up, but as it's a public garden with an arboretum it is not surprising that they also have many non native trees which have splendid autumn colours.
|The back of the house with a huge walled kitchen garden with fruit, vegetables and flowers.|
|We weren't supposed to take photos but hey I've got a superzoom 'paparazzi' camera |
so nobody noticed me taking this from a distance..... :-)
|View uphill from the bog garden.|
|View over the Great Pond from the bog garden.|
|Farmland behind the gardens looking very English to me.|
|There were loads of flowers still in bloom.|
|The Mermaid Pond.|
|A Japanese Maple starting to change colour, |
and I can just about see a face in that bark behind.
|No idea what the fungi is but it looks interesting.|
|There are extensive rock gardens which were still very colourful.|
|I see faces in these flower buds! I think it's a flowering sage of some kind.|
|Dahlias and more Dahlias.|
|The annoying thing about the filming is that the front of the building was covered in |
scaffolding with lighting rigs and people, vans and trucks all in the way.
|I've no idea what most of the trees in the arboretum section were but it was |
wonderful to see so many trees and shrubs starting to turn beautiful colours.
|There were also plenty of trees with berries too which brightened up a dull day!|
All in all a lovely visit despite grey skies.
Their website, showing what it looks like through the seasons, and with blue sky! http://www.fordeabbey.co.uk/