Batsford Arboretum

A couple of weeks ago I visited Batsford Arboretum, to see their collection of trees in all their autumnal glory. I first visited Batsford two years ago in spring, when their magnolias and cherry blossom blew me away.

Views of the Arboretum

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IMG_7726I was really looking forward to seeing the arboretum at a completely different, but just as beautiful, time of year – it didn’t disappoint in any way.

Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

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Acer pubinerve

Acer pubinerve

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IMG_7772It has 55 acres of natural Cotswold countryside and one of the largest private tree collections in the country with almost 3,000 tree varieties.

Ginkgo biloba

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Liquidambar styraciflua

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IMG_7688As soon as I stepped into the garden colour hit me from every direction. A fine Ginkgo biloba specimen was like a tower of gold, several Euonymus and Sorbus species had beautiful berries.

Euonymus

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Sorbus pseudohupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’

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Sorbus pseudohupehensis 'Pink Pagoda'

Rhus succedanea

Rhus succedaneaA small woodland area primarily of beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) was very dramatic with a carpet of russet brown leaves on the ground, mirrored in the leaves still hanging in the trees.

Woodland area

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More acers

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IMG_7652The acers truly stole the show however. From a distance every pathway was lit with a splash of red, orange or gold, as I got closer I realised every tree was an acer! Some trees looked like they were on fire in the sunlight.

Acers again

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IMG_7740I became so inspired I even wrote a quick poem! I have a lot of scribblings in my notebook that I haven’t typed up yet. . . here’s the one I wrote at Batsford:

Acer

blood red ‘Bloodgood’

foliage flickering flames

even on the greyest, dankest of days

your colour doesn’t wane

it burns, brighter and brighter

reds and golds

chasing the cold away

a light of life

on this autumn day.

Callicarpa

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Last few acers

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IMG_7769The arboretum was a truly sensational display of colour, I always think autumn is the farewell party nature throws until spring. . . and everyone’s invited. I hope you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

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Visit to Kew

First written and posted on 8th November, 2013. Please click here if you would like to read the original post on This and That.

Last weekend I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to see my friend Neville and to look round the gardens of course! Nev is a student on Kew’s three year long Diploma course, he is working full time and studying like mad but he still made time to give me a guided tour of the gardens, which were as amazing as ever.

Me and Nev!

There was a display of pumpkins in the Waterlily House, done especially for Halloween. It was strange seeing it looking so different from when I had last been there, in the summer! The glasshouses had the usual variety of exotic plants, my favourites were two Hibiscus flowers. The outside grounds were just spectacular, the arboretum was full of autumn colour – Acers, Photinias, Fagus sylvaticas, Liquidambars and many more trees and shrubs were at their best. I took plenty of photos, I hope you enjoy the selection! 🙂

Bed of grasses

Bed of grasses

Hibiscus “Orange Beauty”

Hibiscus "Orange Beauty"

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Pumpkins outside the Waterlily House

Pumpkins outside the Waterlily House

Salvia border

Salvia border

 Arbutus unedo, the Killarney Strawberry Tree

Killarney Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo

View from the Treetop Walkway

View from the Treetop Walkway

Photinia tree

Photinia

Shots of the trees in the arboretum

Arboretum

Arboretum

Arboretum

Arboretum