Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Allure of Autumn Colour

Autumn sunlight is invigorating.  It has special saturation qualities as it paints vibrancy almost into the very veins of the leaves.  Back in October  I found myself back in the 2 acre Branklyn Garden surrounded by the beautiful colours of autumn.  It wasn't a particularly sunny day but every so often a little glint of sunlight would pierce through the clouds.  Little pockets of foliage would gleam with renewed energy and the colours became so alluring ...

a panoramic view of Branklyn Garden in October
The top terrace of the  Rock Garden  - click on the image to open a new window and view it larger
This panoramic image shows the top terrace of the rock garden as it slopes down towards the pond.  Once the sun came out the orange leafed acers in the background  took on new hues as the light danced through the finely dissected leaves.
a bench with an autumnal view
Branklyn Garden, National Trust Scotland
I've been photographing Branklyn Garden which belongs to National Trust Scotland for over a year and it's a garden that's full of surprises no matter when you visit.  If you remember back in May/June I shared many photographs from their National collection of Meconopsis - the famous Himalayan blue poppies. Have You Ever Strolled Into The Wild Blue Yonder?
back lighting on acer tree in autumn
the spidery framework of acer stems

a riot of colour
Geraniums in flower in October
Now it's autumn the focus changes from flowers to foliage.  None the less there were still some flowers in bloom like Persicaria, Toad lilies and Hydrangeas which I'll share in another blog post.  There was a riot of red and orange foliage clashing against the pinkish purple geranium blooms.  Autumn is very forgiving when it comes to colour!
Branklyn garden trees in October
caught in the sunlight
From the top terrace I could look down on the lovely treescape below.  Peeling bark on the Acer griseum  (Paper bark maple) glinted like slivers of fine gold leaf along the edges of the branches.
slivers of bark in the sunshine
Acer griseum
autumnal view of Branklyn Garden
a  pocket of colour in amongst the evergreens
This is another view of the same orange acers from the first photographs this time taken from the terrace below.
autumn foliage colours
sloping down to the next level of garden
lower rock garden pathway
a small section of the lower rock garden in the foreground
silver ornamental bark
ornamental bark
Another place to pause and admire the bark.  Another path, another part of the garden to explore and another vista to photograph. More of that to come in a further blog post The Allure of Autumn Colour Part 2
salmon pink deciduous Rhododendron leaves in autumn
For now I'll leave you with a view from below the Acer griseum and the lovely hues from the deciduous  rhododendron leaves.
deciduous Rhododendron leaves in autumn
colourful deciduous Rhododendron leaves
Even though Branklyn Garden will be closed  to the public until Spring 2014 you'll be able to keep up with what's happening in the garden over on their new Branklyn Garden facebook page.  I'll be sharing more autumnal photos from the garden over the next few weeks.

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  1. You were lucky not to have too much sun, looks like you had magical light. I was there a week later on a sunny day when so many of the leaves shown here were shrivelled in the trees or already fallen, your timing was perfect and the images wonderful. it really is a magical small garden.

  2. Rosie: One Word FANTASTIC!

    Have a wonderful evening,

  3. Beautiful oranges and red in the tree colours. Have a wonderful week Rosie and take care. Jen

  4. Amazing autumn scenery Rosie! Your photography is gorgeous and loving all the rich tapestry of autumnal colour!

  5. Fantastic colours!
    The acers are wonderful of course, and I do like the photo of the Acer griseum branch catching the sun.
    I planted a hardy fuchsia in front of a cornus and this year had a clash of pink and red. It wasn't quite as I'd expected, but certainly arresting!

  6. It is really great. Thank you.
    Clive Jepsen

  7. Stunning colour Rosie, made my heart sing, not least because autumn has been a little backward in coming forwards in our neck of the woods! Speaking of woods, is there anything to beat acers for autumn colour? Love them.

  8. Rosie… what an absolutely stunning series of photos… I have found this to be a wonderful visit to your site! Larry

  9. You've captured the essence of Autumn in your images, Rosie. The colors are surely my favorites. Sadly our Autumn is now "Fallen" as most of the trees are near bare of their leaves. Strangely we are experiencing warm temps in the 60's... so unlike this time of year.

  10. Its amazing how autumn colours make such a beauty of red, gold and bronze in a unique way.
    And above all - I enjoy seeing time stops and take a peek - especially when I look at the garden through your eyes..
    Totally beautiful.

  11. Lovely autumn colours, you have captured them so nicely. I love acers, only lack of space in my garden prevents me from having many of them!

  12. Rosie, Branklyn Garden looks like it was planted with Autumn in mind. Only two weeks till we move, wish I had lifted our Acer Griseum .

  13. Beautiful garden photos!
    Greetings from Holland, RW & SK


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