More like Thursday Gates than Thursday Doors this week, I’m afraid, as I got totally distracted by the flowers at Fota Gardens. On a grey, drizzly day last week, my husband and I decided to take a tour of Fota House, now that it’s open to the public. We set out with the best of intentions, after all, I was sure to find a great selection of doors in such a large old period house; with a bit of history thrown in from the guided tour. No better way to spend a wet afternoon in July, you would think – that is, until the sun came out. With no rain to drive us indoors it was hard to resist taking a stroll in the beautiful settings of Fota Gardens.
You might be wondering where all those flowers are. Well, hold onto your sunhats they are just across that lovely green expanse of grass, at the rear of the house (that’s the back of it in the photo). A short walk takes you to the Pleasure Gardens and last time I was there, I had arrived too late and the gates were locked. Not on this occasion, thankfully.
Just behind that hedge, directly inside the gates, is the Italian Garden.
I wonder if Foscarini knew that his ‘well-head’ would end up in county Cork. We couldn’t get into the Italian Garden as the gate was locked but the rest of the area was a feast to the eyes with its beautifully arranged borders, enclosed by a lovely old stone wall.
Then we came to the Rose Garden, with a hedge dividing it from the borders, it took me a few minutes to decide which path to take but the roses won out in the end. After all, their petals were already beginning to drop, so they might not be there on my next visit.
I took a few more shots of the grounds on our way back to the main house, to catch the last guided tour of the day.
Unfortunately, we spent so long in the gardens we missed the last tour. So, I now have an excuse to go back for another visit. I did manage to get a few photographs of the reception area and it’s lovely interior doors, which I’ll post next week. Thanks for looking and if you feel starved of doors after this week’s post, have a look at what Norm has to offer – you won’t be disappointed!