Blue skies, sunshine and a long hour at Kew Gardens to spy some autumnal goings on with a collection of amazing trees. I didn’t travel far from the Palm House and I know there would be much, much more to see if I had to time to explore further – I really wanted to see the Gingkos for example – but I can’t complain as you can see…
Liquidambers, often quite substantial garden trees, mostly conical in habit with maple-ish leaves, always give some of the very best Autumn fireworks, with bonfire colours like these. I’m just a little late for the display at Kew Gardens, the trees are near bare, but the effect is still quite striking.
More liquidamber below (L. styraciflua).
Parrotia persica (above) and witch hazel, Hamamelis, (below) both part of the Mediterranean landscape. I’ve photographed the witch hazels in flower – not long now, really, but they have much to recommend them with these technicolour traffic-light-colours just now.
This is one of my favourite trees at Kew, by the Victoria Gate entrance – Cotinus obovatus – and I had just about got there in time, as there has been a lot of leaf drop. Back lit in the afternoon sun, it is an amazing sight.
We appreciate the ornamental cherries for their dazzling spring blossom – and I have photographed and blogged about these very specimens year upon year. I’ll appreciate these trees even more having taken a closer look at their subtle autumn colouring, quilted leaves and fine serrated margins.
Another look at the Cotinus obovatus (below) – can’t resist –
Finally, a look at a nearby house, opposite the garden I look after in Kew actually, where the Virginia Creeper seems to be winning….