Wordless Wednesday – Autumnal Postcards from Cambridge Botanics

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Prunus serrulata ‘Alboplena’, my favourite tree at Cambridge Botanics, hanging on to the rock-garden path above the lake.

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All fall down

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Monkshood appears in various places in the gardens, addings its beautiful blue to a range of autumn plantings: grasses, japanese anemones and asters

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The Osage orange tree (Maclura pomifera) next to the path along side the systematic beds, is loaded with fruit this year

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A stunning Liquidambar, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’, guards the lake stepping stone crossing

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The trees on the grassed Fairway are displaying a wonderful mixture of textures and colour.

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It’s a popular area for picnic lunches or just getting some fresh air, not just humans either, if you look closely!

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Yes, that is a fox trotting around in broad daylight. No sign of him being bothered by the hoards of visitors.

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The swamp cypress has just been tidied up by the looks of it and is starting to turn a lovely soft russet.

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Meanwhile the acers are turning an eye-catching, luminous scarlet (Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’)

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Woolly fruits on the Broussonetia kazinoki tree are breaking up to reveal sweet, sticky, orange fingers/seeds.

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Island beds in the Autumn garden are prairie-inspired, with monkshood, japanese anemone and echinacea interspersed amongst clumps of calamagrostis.

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18 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Autumnal Postcards from Cambridge Botanics

  1. Cathy says:

    Wonderful – makes me come over all warm and glowey. Such a long time since I walked in the botanics at Cambridge. Thanks!

  2. Paddy Tobin says:

    A very beautiful place; not one I’ve visited.

  3. Beautiful, that Liquidambar!

  4. shoreacres says:

    I was surprised as could be to see the Osage Orange — one of our natives, and quite an interesting tree.

    • I adore your natives! What makes it interesting?

      • shoreacres says:

        The wood is strong and flexible — the Osage Indians used it for their bows. It’s said to repel critters and insects from homes, as well — my cousin swears by it. It was named because of its popularity among the tribe that preferred it; there are Osage counties in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska — the traditional tribal lands. Also: native Texans often pronounce its other name (Bois d’Arc) as BO-dark. It’s a fun way to separate the ‘real’ Texans from others!

      • Ah, I hadn’t made the connection to native American Indians. Fascinating … and I love the ‘real’ Texans distinction!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely fall colours! Fun to see the fox passing through as well.

  6. Chloris says:

    Wonderful autumn colours, CBG- always worth a visit. I’m amazed by that cheeky fox.

  7. Sue says:

    Beautiful colours, I love autumn. The liquidamber always looks spectacular in autumn and that acer looks absolutely stunning in scarlet!

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