In the depths of autumn, there are few places better to be than in somewhere like Beth Chatto Gardens, with the russets and gold of the season set off beautifully against a clear blue sky. Earlier this week, the air was chilled in the shade, but the sun still powerful enough to shed a layer or two and to stir the insect life into action:
Flowers are diminishing, but there are still enough to provide the insects with their basic needs before hibernation (or worse) beckons:
And the blooms seem extra-special when the leaves are also sprinkled with stardust:
As the flowers have faded so fruits and seeds take centre-stage…
… along with the foliage, its beauty magnified by the subtle low winter sunlight picking out textures that are unimaginable in the fierce light of summer.
And of course, especially dramatic when the greens are tinged with autumnal flame…
Beauty at every turn, and hope: the transition of the seasons bring promise of renewal and return next year.
This fleeting season can so easily be swept away by storm or frost, so do visit and enjoy it if you can. The gardens are open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the midwinter closure on December 16th Entrance – Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens. Rewild your mind!