Does it get much better than this?

Freddie's Dam from the Bridge

Freddie’s Dam seen from the Bridge.

On the left the flowering cherry Prunus ‘Tai Haku’ with a purple Japanese maple ( Acer Palmatum ‘Atropurpurea Group’ ) beyond it.

From the right the rounded shapes of Berberis and Acer palmatum don’t yet show much colour. The orange is Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo) next to a yellow Parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood), and behind them Liquidamber styraciflua (Sweet Gum) is getting into its stride, at this stage still mainly yellow. The highest trees are Quercus palustris (Pin Oak).

Acer forrestii and big house

Acer forrestii with the Big House reflected in the Makou Dam

Collected by the famous plant collector George Forrest in China in 1906, this is a beautiful small tree with spectacular autumn foliage. I love the way the canna bed across the dam .picks up these colours for a few short days in late April each year.

Acer forrestii close-up

Acer forrestii in close-up

One of our most special trees!

Acer palmatum in the arboretum

Japanese Maple in the Arboretum

i wander up into the arboretum where every turn now brings a composition of its own. But this shot sets the theme: photograph the tree trunkss, not the details…

Crabapple - Malus floribunda stem

This picture of a crabapple in the arboretum (Malus floribunda) reinforces the concept, even though it says little about autumn…

admiring the tulip trees

At the top end of The Avenue, a Tulip Tree (Liliodendron tulipifera)

Acers in the arboretum

Acers in the arboretum

Acer rubrum

Close-up of Acer rubrum, the Red Maple, seen in the photo above.

Arboretum tulip trees

Back to the Tulip Trees in The Avenue, which can be seen marching up the hill in my previous post.

From the top end of The Avenue, looking back towards the Big House

In fact, here we are looking back towards the house from where I took that picture…

The House that jack built

And from a little further along, we look down on The House that Jack Built

The House that jack built 2

Here it is again, from lower down…

Freddie's Dam from under the Oak

And finally, here we are again near where we started: under the oak on Freddie’s Dam, just in front of The House that Jack Built.



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