Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Allure of Autumn Colour Part 2

Flowers need not apply! ... they're a bit of an understatement at this time of year as most have taken refuge underground.  

In October there's nothing quite like walking into a garden and being surrounded by a tapestry of rich warm foliage colours.  

It's the trees and their hues of burnt oranges, ambers and reds that arrest the attention.  They're the soul of the garden ..... 

The Allure of Autumn continues today with part two of my series of autumnal photos from Branklyn Garden in Perth

The Vista's

acer with snake bark ornamental bark
There's  ornamental bark
There are the acers with their snake-bark markings on the trunks and branches.
colourful autumn colours below the rowan tree
at the lower level of the Rock Garden
Hues and tints that stop you in your tracks.
one of the views of Branklyn Garden in October
A tapestry of Colour
Views with strong colour statements and textures that draw the eye further into the garden.   But what's that red in the distance?
Stewartia monadelpha  |  Stuartia | Orange bark in Branklyn Garden
Stewartia monadelpha  |  Stuartia | Orange bark
Further along the path there's the blazing red from the rare Japanese native Stewartia tree. 

It's All In The Detail

For all the leaf peepers and those that enjoy momijigari  here's a closer look at some of the October foliage from the garden.
Stewartia monadelpha leaves
There are the leathery Stewartia monadelpha leaves
orange acer leaves
and colourful leaf litter.
Rhododendron leaves in autumn
Beautiful autumn colour from the deciduous Rhododendron leaves 
Liquidambar styraciflua | American Sweetgum leaves
along with the striking colours from Liquidambar styraciflua | American Sweetgum leaves.
golden japanese acer leaves
Finely dissected  Japanese acer leaves
golden foliage at Branklyn Garden
and glimmers of gold and amber foliage.
flaky bark and lenticels  from chinese red bark birch
... and finally the juxtaposition of the acer and the betula.
In closing  I'll leave you with a dichotomy between two tree types.  In October the acer has such fiery dramatic foliage. This contrasts so well with the sheets of flaky bark and horizontal lenticels (pores) on the bark of the Chinese red bark birch. 

As I mentioned in my last post Branklyn Garden is closed to the public during the winter months but you can see more images of the garden in these posts:
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  1. What a lovely garden. I've enjoyed looking at your photos of it on this post and the posts you've linked too. Nature is so pretty. Over here nature is fast disappearing beneath snow. It's snowing again as I write this...

  2. Gorgeous photos Rosie. It's easy to overlook bark with all that glorious leaf colour around, but it's just as beautiful isn't it?

  3. So beautiful. I admire the skill of those with the vision to plant trees "knowing" what the effect will be in decades to come. And as you say, who needs flowers with colours and shapes, contrasts in light and shade like that. Thank you for a dose of autumn that I think I would have to travel quite a distance to experience living here.

  4. What a beautiful park. The colors are almost deafening. And I love your banner. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Wow...the colors are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. What a lovely, rich tapestry of colour, autumn is fab! We've always loved the bark of the tree, and thanks for reminding again why. We might even finally plant one in our garden next year!

  7. Gorgeous shades of red and yellow. The Stewardia tree is magnificient. Valerie

  8. Glorious! You can't beat a garden which has trees from around the world which colour up so much more beautifully (unfortunately) than a lot of our native trees. I've learned a new word too. :-) Thanks for sharing these delightful images of this wonderful garden, Rosie.

  9. Autumn in the garden is the second spring. The last glory before it sleeps. Take care and have a wonderful week. Jen


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