Although our gates are closed to general visitors for a month or so, activity continues apace in and around the grounds. More of these goings-on in a forthcoming post, for now I hope to bring a shot of colour to the generally gloomy December days we are presently experiencing.
I count myself amongst the luckiest of people, being able to work at such a special location; dripping with character, packed with variety and full of rich colour – especially so in autumn. Before the memory of autumn is completely replaced by the festive glow, I thought I’d bring together a selection of images taken whilst out and about at Compton Verney.
A link at the foot of this post links to these, and more images in the form of a video.
This foliage on a Cedar of Lebanon is to be found inches above the ground above the front lawn at Compton Verney
Liquidamber styraciflua, or Sweetgum, planted in a shelter belt at Compton Verney.
A headstone set in the lawn, near the old chapel location at Compton Verney
The ‘new’ chapel at Compton Verney, a ‘Capability’ Brown example to be precise.
Phytolacca americana, otherwise known as American Pokeweed, a recent planting in the Ice House Coppice
John Frankland: ‘Untitled Boulder’, 2001. Taken here in 2013 with east end of chapel in distance.
Coppery Beech foliage
- Rose hips along the shrubbery
Adam tidying the shelter belt above the west lawn.
A horse shoe shaped grove of Tilia × europaea.
Buttery yellow Acer campestre, or Field Maple, planted in the shelter belt above the west lawn at Compton Verney
And finally, a familiar autumnal sight near the Adam/Sphinx Bridge – Large palmate leaves from the huge London Plane, Platanus × acerifolia
Link to my very amateur video of the above images & more!