Autumn Snapshots

Here’s a few photos taken over the past week or two.

A forbidding portal to another, darker place?  Nah, just the Priory Drive descending through the wood …

… and down into a valley of mist and frost.

Overlooking neighbouring fields.

The tulip tree (right) and beech hedging on the autumnal turn.

The tulip tree again – to the left of the Priory roofs.

At this time of year, mowing is as much about picking up leaves as cutting grass.

Mahonia.  Don’t you just love it?  Nope – me neither but I do concede it puts on a zingy show.

Miscanthus transmorrisonensis in flower.

Yellowing oaks and oddly shaped larch up on the drive.

Nigella seeds and ivy on sedum.

White shapes in a frosted field.

One of many recent, satisfying bonfires.

Oops.  Almost forgot autumnal leaves …. Cornus leaves hanging on, grimly, for another day or two.

Liquidamber leaves – rosy and frosted.

And finally, backlit by todays sun, the very last birch leaves at the Old Forge.

48 thoughts on “Autumn Snapshots

  1. Those first shots are downright spooky Dave! I love the contrast between the formality of the beech hedge with the wilder trees behind. As to mahonia, you are wrong, it is a lovely plant!! Well, when you don’t have to walk anywhere near it anyway, and for evergreen screening with winter interest, hard to beat, surely?! Though I have just discovered a red stemmed bamboo that I think may have stolen my heart…


  2. Some beautifully evocative autumn scenes there. I do rather like the mists that roll across at this time of year – though it’s always a slight relief when the horizon comes back again.
    Wow, you’ve had real frost. We’ve had a couple of low temperatures, but no visible signs yet…


  3. Very, very beautiful – thanks for reminding me that it isn’t always raining. Wouldn’t mind a bit of fog, not after seeing those shots….


  4. Lovely photos Dave- would have been a bit scared of going up the drive! Amazing how different the temperature can be due to the Downs/Weald- I drove from Brighton to Haywards Heath the other day and it dropped from 5 to 0.5…


  5. Your first photos made me feel very cold! That looked a lot of frost on the road verge. Do you compost all the leaves you collect; a lot of American blog writers are advocating leaving the leaves on the lawn, but shredding them so they can be taken down into the soil more quickly. I love to have a Liquidamber in the garden, even here they have good autumn colour when many other trees don’t. Christina


    • Hi Christina, yes I collect the leaves and make leaf mold – loads of it. I hadn’t heard of shredding and leaving on lawns though it makes sense. But there are so many at the Priory it would be difficult to spread them out properly and besides I worry about leaves (shredded or no) blowing into the ditches and ponds – the latter are already silted up quite enough. The liquidamber is a beauty but, as I said below to Pauline, terribly slow growing. Perhaps it’ll finally get under way next year? D


  6. A fog machine should be part of every gardener’s tool box, just for such beautiful, ghostly silhouettes. I especially love the photo of the mist just about burning off (the 2nd one of the tulip tree) with the autumn colors just showing in the background.
    I almost stepped on a sheep once in dense fog in Newfoundland. Not that that’s particularly interesting. It’s just true.


    • I do NOT have access to a fog machine actually, Stacy. Actually. What do you think I am some kinda charlatan!?! Though now you suggest it … a fog machine would come in mighty handy. I shall buy one forthwith. May is probably my favourite month but the Priory never looks better than under bright autumn sun, I think. D. p.s. Speaking of not particularly interesting sheep stories (no offence): I found one of Margaret’s the other day. It was on its back and couldn’t right it self. I literally saved its life single-handed and am now a Sheep-hero. Official. Literally. (Damn – that could’ve been a whole sheep post).


      • No, no, Dave, I’m not accusing you of anything! There’s something really…genuine about fog in the UK. Just thinking that it would be nice to create those effects at will.
        An official Sheep Hero — wow. That should come with a cape. Glad you were able to come to the rescue, poor sheep. (A much more interesting story — definitely worth a post!)


  7. Hi Dave! Yes it’s been a long time, please don’t ask. I liked your cold and misty pics, here I haven’t seen frost yet and temperatures are rather mild for November indeed but soon winter will come. Miscanthus transmorrisoniensis is one of my fave, I love its habit. I agree with you about mahonias but you have a considerable specimen there! I’ve recently seen an entire hedge (about 25 metre long) of mahonia and it impressed me, I almost liked it.


    • Hey Alberto, a long time indeed. I’m sorry – I’ve taken a bit of a back seat with blogging too recently so I can sympathize (though no, I won’t ask). I would almost like a 25m mahonia hedge in flower too. Almost. The one in the pic above is actually at the Old Stable – the only specimen at the Priory is a little pathetic and shaming. Actually it would really benefit from being dug up and burnt. D


    • I was sneaking up on the sheep Libby, but they got a glimpse of my mug (or a sniff of something unpleasant) and were off before I could get the shot I really wanted. And, yep too true … it ought be called Mahonia But. D


    • Hi Pauline, that liquidamber is frustrating (beautiful as its leaves are). I planted it almost four years ago and it has grown about ooh, three inches. Bah! Be taking an axe to it if it doesn’t buck up its ideas. (Not really). Dave


      • Liquidamber grows no faster with me. It’s just something you have to live with. I made the mistake of planting mine behind a rhododendron, thinking the autumn colour hanging above the evergreen shrub would look great. Needless to say, the rhodie has grown much faster than the liquidamber, and totally hides it!


  8. Awesome pictures! I love finding inspiration for photos in nature and the garden. These will be great to come back to when everything is dead and gone or covered in snow.


  9. I really don’t know why you bother with being a gardener when you could be a great photographer……
    My favourite is the liquidamber leaf, followed by the sheep.


    • My brother-in-law is a successful (and very talented) professional photographer, Mr K. Believe me when I tell you he earns no more than I do. With phone technology developing as it is and the vast number of photos posted on-line, I suspect it will only prove more and more difficult for prof photographers in the years to come; for which reason I’ll happily remain a gardener Having said all that – thank you for your kind observation (he added simperingly). D


  10. Hi Dave,
    these shots give me a better idea of the size you have to work with. It’s vast! But it’s also its own world. It must be satisfying to be able to look around you and know all you can see is your own ‘territory’.


    • Hi Faisal, the Priory does sit well into its landscape I think and its beauty and peace is accentuated by how very long the drive is; the house is nicely removed from the road and the ‘real’ world. Dave


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