I was so worried that we had missed the wonderful show of colour at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, but yesterday we went and the colours were absolutely amazing. Lots of leaves had fallen but there were still plenty left for us to enjoy. Last year we went to the original Old Arboretum which dates from 1850s, so this time we decided to walk round part of Silk Wood which is still a working woodland with newish exotic planting among the towering ancient trees. It wasn’t long before I spied a beautiful splash of colour from one of the many Acers which we had come to see.
I love the branches being so dark and contrasting so well with the leaves. I just have to dive underneath, the leaves look quite different from this view.
All the evergreens that are planted here show up the autumn tints beautifully.
Not an Acer but I couldn’t find a label unfortunately, lovely leaves though!
The colours just got better and better the further we walked.
I’ll leave this one to speak for itself!
The view from underneath the canopy.
There were quite a few trunks and branches that were almost natural sculptures, super contrast.
The original trees are really huge, dwarfing the newer planting.
A bright spot among the dark evergreens.
The Acer leaves are all beautiful and when they have fallen to the ground all the children there love to find one of every colour.
No matter which way we looked, there was always something beautiful to photograph. I’ve taken pity on you and only showing half !!
Crossroads, which way to go now, decisions to be made but don’t want to miss anything! We decided to go straight on after consulting the map so that we could see the Rotary glade and the National Japanese Maple collection.
This is the start of the National Collection, but we decided to turn left into Maple Loop to see as much colour as possible.
At the start of the path was an ancient planting of Larch Pines, they are huge and looking wonderful in their autumn colour.
We soon came across some more Acers, this yellow one in front looks like some form of dissectum.
We have now reached the start of Rotary glade, the planting financed by the Rotary Club of Great Britain. The Acers look so tiny compared to the Larch around them.
They will be small as they were planted only 7 yrs ago, another 20 or 30 yrs and this area will look fantastic.
Back to the National Collection of hybrids, colour everywhere we looked.
So many lovely trees everywhere.
My old friend Acer palmatum Osakazuki, I would recognise it anywhere. This one is quite a lot larger than mine in the garden here, but shows me how much it could grow.
Couldn’t resist looking through the Osakazuki leaves – beautiful!
Starting to make our way back to the entrance, but lovely coloured trees everywhere still.
Last tree to be photographed, what a wonderful walk we had, well worth the journey to go and see all the fantastic colours.
We really enjoyed our day out, we had lunch before reaching Westonbirt with all its wonderful Acers and then later called in to see our daughter and family in Bristol for tea before finally coming home to Devon, rather tired but very, very happy!