Wordless Wednesday – Burning torches held aloft!

Anglesey Abbey Winter Garden in 2023

The Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey is in a state of flux. It is 25 years old and planting in certain areas is being revisited. The ensuing thinning, pruning, culling and replanting is creating some new drama and fresh juxtapositions along the meandering route. Here’s a view I particularly liked today, with pollarded willow and tilia showing some fantastic colour. (The white on the leaves is frost btw. It was cold!)


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8 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Burning torches held aloft!

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    I love those bright willows. I bought cuttings last spring, nurtured them to leafy wands, planted them and the deer promptly ate them to the ground! Arggh!

    • Grrr, I feel for you!! I noticed last week that our local muntjac have started on our choisya and cornus 😦 . BTW the ‘torches’ in the foreground turn out to be tilia (Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’, which I’d not heard of before), not willow (background).

  2. shoreacres says:

    This is the kind of treatment too many people impose on our crape myrtles. They make such lovely trees when properly trimmed, but ‘crape murder’ is a thing! The approach seems more appropriate with these, and that color is fabulous. They do look like torches!

    • I hate the sight of such butchery to lime trees as street furniture, especially when newly cut. It feels different here though with the purposeful creation of fresh coloured wood and plants kept small to show that off. I do agree that those built up swollen stumps look ugly.

  3. Cathy says:

    The willows certainly do have a striking effect. Beautiful colours, especially with the frost and against a blue sky!

    • The amount of colour that they manage to produce along the Winter Walk is impressive and I no longer bother visiting unless I know that there will be some blue sky, because it is a whole different experience on a dull day. As I mentioned to Eliza, I found out, retrospectively, that those bright orange foreground pollarded shrubs are actually a cultivar (Winter Orange) of Tilia.

  4. J. Wilder says:

    Torches indeed! These look remarkable, and the red/orange is lovely

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