The wild garden is my favourite area here at Gravetye. It has received its yearly cut and work has been done to clear around and through some of the trees and shrubs that are growing through this area. So instead of looking down, as I have been since the spring, when the grasses and wildflowers have been doing their thing, it is now a great chance to look upwards to the trees.
Many of these wonderful specimens are about to turn with their autumn colours. My favourites for their colour include a grouping of young Dawn Redwoods or Metasequoia glyptostroboides that turn an amazing yellow through to orange in their pyramidal form, a wonderful Liquidambar styraciflua that is almost psychedelic in colour and the Euonymus alatus bushes that really do live up to their common name of the burning bush. These are but a few of the amazing trees that we are so fortunate to have here at Gravetye Manor and whilst the nights draw in and the mornings get colder there are many things here to look forwards to.
Our Metasequoia glyptostroboides or Dawn Redwoods, made even more spectacular by the sunlight shining through the foliage.
The bold autumn colours of Liquidambar styraciflua.
The burning bush or Euonymus alatus.
Words and photographs by P. Hassall.
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