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Autumn visit to Exbury Gardens

Autumn visit to Exbury Gardens

Regular readers will know that I occasionally write about gardens and travel on this blog. Whenever I travel I try to visit at least one garden. Sometimes, as in the post on the Gardens of North Devon, I will visit several on one trip.

Exbury Gardens

Autumn colours at Exbury Gardens –  © Gordon Lethbridge

It is often the case that the places near to us get forgotten or we don’t realise the hidden gems almost under our feet. I am guilty of always looking for new horizons and neglecting what is on my doorstep. In an effort to remedy this woeful state of affairs I arranged a visit to Exbury Gardens in the New Forest. Just a few miles from home they are noted for their woodland gardens and the reason I wanted to visit was to see the stunning autumn colours.

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First blush of Autumn – © Gordon Lethbridge

As a photographer I really wanted a day of blue skies to make the colours zing. I was not disappointed; the day I had set aside was perfect.

Exbury

© Gordon Lethbridge

After parking the car I was distracted by a cream tea at Eddy’s Tearoom. Those who follow me on my travels will know my weakness for scone and clotted cream (see here for a review of four cream teas in Devon). It was good but not the best I have had. However it was not what I had come for.

Exbury

Autumn colours explode onto the scene – © Gordon Lethbridge

Almost as soon as I entered the gates my retina was assaulted by the deep cherry red of leaves set off by the greenery of trees yet to change colour.

Exbury House

Exbury House – © Gordon Lethbridge

The estate, belonging to the Rothschilds, consists of parkland and woodland gardens dotted here and there with landscaped ponds. I chose to wander the woodland gardens as I knew this was where I would find the trees in all their glory. I was not disappointed.

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The View across parkland from Exbury House – © Gordon Lethbridge

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Stars among the trees are the Japanese maple or acer. Maples and sycamores, also from the same family, put in an appearance two. Every where the striking colours of red, orange, gold and yellow demanded the attention of the human eye and the Nikon’s digital eye.

Japanese Maple (aka Acer) - © Gordon Lethbridge

Japanese Maple (aka Acer) – © Gordon Lethbridge

The stunning colours of the Japanese Maple (or Acer) are the stars of the show © Gordon Lethbridge

The stunning colours of the Japanese Maple (or Acer) are the stars of the show
© Gordon Lethbridge

I have posted a selection of the photographs I took. Words simply do not do the spectacle justice. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but even a photograph is no match for the real thing.

Some of the colours are more muted but no less beautiful - © Gordon Lethbridge

Some of the colours are more muted but no less beautiful – © Gordon Lethbridge

Gold leaf - © Gordon Lethbridge

Gold leaf – © Gordon Lethbridge

A cascade of fire - © Gordon Lethbridge

A cascade of fire – © Gordon Lethbridge

Exbury Gardens

A golden display – © Gordon Lethbridge

The colours of autumn - © Gordon Lethbridge

The colours of autumn – © Gordon Lethbridge

Exbury Gardens in Autumn

Exbury Gardens showing off its golden finery – © Gordon Lethbridge

I hope you have enjoyed these photographs. I am posting more of them on Instagram and Pinterest where you can follow me to see these and more.

It is not just the stunning autumn displays that Exbury Gardens are famous for. Their azalea and rhododendrons are second to none and the bulb meadow is spectacular too. It is my intention to visit two or three times in 2016 and to review my visits on this blog.

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© Gordon Lethbridge

© Gordon Lethbridge


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