This is just a short post to wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a very merry Christmas and a lovely, happy New Year. Looking forward to returning to blogging in 2015! 🙂
A few weekends ago I visited NBGW and had a lovely stroll around the garden. It was a beautifully sunny, crisp autumn day, perfect for a walk.
Views of the Great Glasshouse
It’s easy to forget to appreciate the wonderful surroundings I see every day when I’m at work and there’s so much to get do. It’s nice to take time out and marvel at the garden from a visitor’s perspective for a change!
The Wallace Garden
Close-up of a Cornus (Dogwood)
The Circle of Decision
View from the bottom of the Broadwalk
Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple)
Several trees were displaying fantastic autumn colour, such as Liquidambar styraciflua, Fagus sylvatica, Taxodium distichum and various Acer species.
Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech)
Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)
Views across the lakes
I find grasses really come into their own at this time of year, especially when they catch the sunlight or they’re covered in frost. My favourite has to be Miscanthus sinensis, I love the featheriness of its fronds.
Views of the Slate Beds
Quercus robur (English Oak)
Betula pendula avenue (Silver Birch)
Even when the trees stand bare and most plants have died back until next season it doesn’t mean the beauty has disappeared. Seeing a garden in its bare, skeletal state, can have just as much impact as seeing it in the height of spring or summer.
We’ve had a few misty, frosty mornings which enhance the raw beauty of the garden even more – magical is the only way I can describe it.
The Tropical House
Inside the Tropical House
Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
View of the Double Walled Garden
Inside the Double Walled Garden
Cynara cardunculus (cardoon)
Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern)
The Japanese Garden
Close-up of the Acer trees
I hope you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 I’ll finish with one of my favourite autumn quotes:
“No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face. . .” ~ John Donne