The Beauty of Autumn

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

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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 Rill

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The Wallace Garden

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Close-up of a Cornus (Dogwood)

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The Circle of Decision

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Mirror Pool

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View from the bottom of the Broadwalk

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Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple)

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Several trees were displaying fantastic autumn colour, such as Liquidambar styraciflua, Fagus sylvatica, Taxodium distichum and various Acer species.

Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech)

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Taxodium distichum (Bald Cypress)

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Views across the lakes

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Prunus

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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

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Miscanthus sinensis

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More grasses

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More views

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Quercus robur (English Oak)

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Betula pendula avenue (Silver Birch)

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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.

Frosty morning

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The Tropical House

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Inside the Tropical House

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Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)

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View of the Double Walled Garden

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Inside the Double Walled Garden

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Cynara cardunculus (cardoon)

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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern)

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The Japanese Garden

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Close-up of the Acer trees

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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

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12 thoughts on “The Beauty of Autumn

  1. A lovely quote and so many wonderful photos. You have chosen your black and white ones with care and the effect is so good. I love grasses too. They are beautiful and so useful too. I think you must have been very busy since your move to Wales. I hope you aren’t too tired!

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