I’m going to apologise in advance, because there are a lot of images in this post! I’m also going to apologise for any desperate urges to get up and get out in that lovely autumnal weather (actually, I won’t apologise for that…).
We previously visited National Trust property Stourhead House and Gardens back in the warmer summer months. I was blown away by the stunning and vivid colours, and the huge variety of flora there. I really am truly in awe of the gardener that dreamed up this magical place and brought that vision to life.
Visiting again in the Autumn was just as much a pleasure as visiting in the summer, even if it was dark and grey with sporadic rainfall. Actually, it was great to see the place in gloomy, atmospheric lighting and to witness the leaves glistening with a myriad of raindrops.
Entering a greenhouse is often like crossing the threshold to another country or another season. The greenhouses here were keeping delicate plants that prefer warm, dry climates alive, and gave us a taste of summer once again.
Fruit trees are some of my absolute favourites – I love how gnarled and stumpy they are, with great clouds of leaves billowing out of the top, looking as though they hold a hundred secrets in amongst the sweet treats sitting delicately between them.
I couldn’t resist adding this picture of this little guy in here, with his eyes squeezed tightly shut, just savouring his mouthful of grass. Aww.
This is the quintessential view you picture when you think of Stourhead isn’t it? The bridge just frames the water and the pantheon behind it so beautifully. I particularly love the way this view in Autumn is punctured by those flashes of colour from the two very different trees on either side.
Whilst the bridge is the most documented view of Stourhead, the view from the Temple of Apollo is my favourite, both in Autumn and in Summer.
I love that particularly spectacular tree floating delicately on its small island in the water, framed by all of the other trees, casting a gentle reflection below it.
We visited in the the couple of weeks before Halloween, so some details around the site were particularly apt for the time of year. The deep, blood red hues of the maple trees were particularly mesmerising. Combine these stunning colours with the beautiful details in the architecture of the gothic cottage, or the white tones of the pantheon, and you’ve got something pretty special.
They had also set up a little hot drinks counter in the cottage, selling teas and hot chocolates – perfect for cosying up against the ghoulish weather outside.
There’s something about these last few trees I’ve included that remind me of a phoenix. They’re like giant creatures, looming over the ground, ablaze with rich orange and yellow hues. Aren’t they just spectacular? In fact, the below tree looks suspiciously like the little tree I was raving about in our Pumpkin Picking post – I wonder if they’re the same?
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