Farmleigh is a quite charming estate which was purchased from the Guinneess family by the Irish Government in 1999 and is now the premier accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation, for high level Government meetings, and for public enjoyment.
Although the view over the lawn at the back of the house is quite impressive, I almost immediately headed to the Sunken Garden. On my way I stopped to take a photo of this circular, perforated sculpture shimmering under the midday sun.
The Sunken Garden is a rectangular garden with an oval pool in the centre
and some very romantic spots, like the one below with a white bench hidden (and squashed) between the two tall yew hedges.
And tall yew hedges are to be found also along the diagonal walk of The Walled Garden.
The Walled Garden dates from the early nineteenth century, and so its glasshouse.
Looking at the last photo’s gloomy sky, you might think it was taken on a completely different day or at least a couple of hours after I took the second-to-last. Well no, because it started to rain just after five minutes I had left the gardens. Of course I didn’t like it the slightest bit, but don’t you think all the bleakness makes the clock-tower to stand out more?
This was my first time with Fuji Velvia 100. Although I really like how accurate are the yellow and the purple of the flowers in the first shot, I’m not convinced by the over-saturated green and blue. I’m going to give it another try though, most likely in Autumn as I’d love to see how it performs with a warm and earthy colour palette.
Camera: Hasselblab 500 C/M
Film: Fujichrome Velvia 100
Location: Farmleigh Gardens, Dublin