Saturday, 12 November 2016

Autumn Colour at Batsford Arboretum

Last Sunday morning was perfect for an autumnal visit to Batsford Arboretum it's an easy drive up to Moreton-in-Marsh from Swindon, then take a left in the centre of the town, and Batsford is on your right. One of the first things which caught my attention was this Clerodendron trichotomum var fargesii with its bright pink and blue fruits.
There was a gorgeous Euonymous oxyphllus but the photos didn't show the beauty of it.
The Acers had lost lots of their leaves, but were still making a wonderful show:
Above a browny coloured one, and below bright red ones:

I like the trunks appearing with the red leaves



The combination of colours was beautiful
Below a Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu' looking particularly stunning, planted in 2014, the bed has come on really well.
Lovely pink berries on this Prunus
Despite the frost, these castor oil type plants were still looking very vigorous

A lovely example of  Cornus controversa or wedding cake tree below, maybe
Below this lovely plant was flowering despite parts of it having been affected by frost, it's a Phytolacca acinosa or Indian pokeweed
On the way out, I saw a perfectly preserved Acer which had almost all its leaves intact.
As we went into a wonderful lunch, the clouds gathered.

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