Outside of the greenhouse, the Kew landscape has recently been going through some staggeringly beautiful and dramatic changes. The place is absolutely chock full of mature and magnificent trees, so the autumn colour is both unique and utterly glorious! There are literally thousands of trees here; The Arboretum holds the lion’s share of the site with the garden display areas dispersed in amongst it. The long history of the gardens means that many of these specimens are beasts, and considered champions within British arboriculture! This season of radiant autumn colour has already given way to winter structure, but with the strong possibility of snow on the horizon I am looking forward to smothered branches and icy silhouettes!
|Several majestic specimens of Taxodium distichum dominate the banks of the Palm House lake, what a tree!|
|Down by the main lake, Taxodium distichum is collapsing into an autumn drop while the evergreen Taxodium mucronatum holds things together with a stiff upper lip|
|A monstrous Larix decidua towers over Prunus serrulata ‘Taki-nioi’|
|The shocking red foliage of Sorbus commixta!|
|An autumn standard, the Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum|
|The foliage of Cotinus obovatus displays these curious markings in autumn, the tree appearing to drain the life out of each leaf|
|Over by the Palace, a stand of Liquidambar styraciflua|
|This is Pterocarya x rehderiana, the foliage delightfully reminiscent of Wisteria autumn colour|
|The Temple of Aeolus perched on the mound that affords some good views of the Palm House, and an ancient Acer campestre|
|The shimmering display of Carya glabra, which has the charming common name of the Pignut hickory and is native to the Eastern United States|
|Prunus serrulata ‘Tai Haku’ lights up the Japanese Garden and Chokushi-Mon (the Gateway of the Imperial Messenger)|
|A chap named David Nash has been displaying some of his famous sculptures across the garden. He works mostly with wood, and these organic shapes have looked quite fantastic amongst the frosty Kew landscape|
|Amongst all of the colour, some incredible seed pods have been seen about the place! These are from the Goldenrain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata. Apologies for the quality of the image as these were taken with my field telephone device|
|Finally this is from an Aristolochia species. Such detail and colouring, it looks more like an expensive Christmas tree decoration!|
One of my favourite Hidcote blog posts was from this time of year; please click here for more autumn mayhem.