We went to Mapperton House and Gardens, the garden is wonderful, very naturalistic. It is a place that we visit every year in June, the best time to visit in my view. Mapperton House is one of the location for the recent film of Thomas Hardy's 'Far From The Madding Crowd'. There is also the lovely Sawmill cafe, adding to the enjoyment of this place.
This is the Lady, there was two Painted Lady butterflies, the first sightings for me this year
This is the Cuckoo, the Southern Cuckoo bumblebee, as the name suggests, it does lay its eggs in other bumblebees' nests instead of rearing it's own young
Some views of the garden, a very peaceful place