Autumn has to be one of the most beautiful times of year in Ireland. I took a few moments before the market started this Sunday to take some photos at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park where I've started doing a farmer's market. I hope you enjoy them...
This is the Sunken Garden designed just after 1907 by Edward Cecil Guinness. Farmleigh was the private residence of the Guinness family (makers of the black stuff) before the State started managing the property. It is designed as three rectangular terraces with a central fountain. The symmetry is beautiful and very restful.
I wandered into the vegetable garden for a look,the smell of the box hedging and damp earth was beautiful. It was lovely to see the raspberries peeking out and I really liked the beautiful colours and shapes of the purple cabbages.
I felt like I was stealing the last colours of summer in the Walled Garden, there were still bursts of red, yellows and purples everywhere. I think most Irish people spend the summer wishing it was warmer, drier, sunnier but there's something about Autumn here that never lets us down. It is mild and normally quite dry and our plants and flowers still bloom. I hope you're enjoying Autumn wherever you are, now it's back to the studio for more potting!