Wordless Wednesday – Autumnal Postcards from Cambridge Botanics


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


All fall down


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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