I really do like Autumn 🍂🍁. There are just so many amazing colours 💚💛❤️ in the garden at this time of year and I really couldn't resist taking many many photos this weekend 📷.We went for a walk 👧, Pip 🐶 came too of course, and we found all sorts of shades - browns, reds, yellows, oranges, magenta, burgundy, purple - I love the cascade of leaves at the foot of trees, and the incredible variation in colour on just one tree. The garden is looking really very beautiful right now, Autumn always reminds me how special a place it is. All those trees carefully chosen and planted to create different vistas at different times of the year. Almost like an ever changing work of art, each variety of tree takes it's turn to be the focal point of the painting throughout the year. And Autumn always surprises me, just when you think winter is setting in, suddenly the garden has a last hurrah and is ablaze with all sorts of amazing colour. 💖🌳.Sunday was very exciting, not only was the sun out so the Acer Palmatum was looking quite wonderful 🌴❤️- a bright bright red - the garden was also photographed with a drone 🎥- the large spindly bug like creature took off and photographed the garden from above ⛲️, and also caught us on camera too 👧👦👧!I hope the wonderful colours, brighten up a rather chilly week 💕.Alice xxxPhotos taken at High Beeches Garden
There are many different gardens hidden away in Battersea Park, each with it's own particular history. The recently developed Winter Garden has a wide variety of trees, shrubs and perennials, the Old English Garden tucked away by the cricket pavilion, the charming Rose Garden, the restored Russell Page Garden and the Sub-Tropical Garden. The Park has over 4,000 trees, many of which date back to the original layout in 1858 - Tom Maxwell has created an informative guide to the trees. It is a lovely place for an afternoon roam away from the city bustle, and there is much to discover.
The landscape designer Russell Page's original Festival Gardens were designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain. A green lawn and colourful flower beds were surrounded by a children's zoo, model railway and a funfair. Twenty thousand yellow tulips along with raised beds of crimson and pink floribunda roses were planted and regularly changed from spring bulbs to summer bedding. The Festival Gardens were restored in 2004.
The Sub-Tropical Garden was originally created by John Gibson in 1863 and were the first of this kind in the country. Gibson had been sent to India by the Duke of Devonshire to hunt for orchids and his journey took him via Madeira and South Africa. Using the plants he brought back from this trip, he created a unique garden at Battersea, made up of exotic plants and colourful 'carpet' bedding. During World War II much of the park became allotments to help feed local people, however in 1992 a palm tree was once again planted in this area, and they were restored to the original plans in 1992.
Photography: Rhiannon Ryder
Photographed at Battersea Park, London.