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Wisley's Alpine Diary

This entry: 09 October 2008 by Paul Cumbleton

Log 32

 

Wisley?s Alpine Log

By Paul Cumbleton

Log 21 ? 9th October 2008

Cool nights and clear skies have resulted in autumn mists. Wandering up through the rock garden in the early morning, my eye is caught by plants that have been coated with this moisture and then lit up like beacons as the sun strikes them. The leaves of this Yucca on the Monocot Borders appear as silver swords:

The already silvery surfaces of this Abies shine even more as the sun hits them:

 

A similar effect is seen on this weeping Cedrus:

 

Out of the sun but still glistening with moisture are the leaves of Rhododendron yakushimanum:

The lawns too shine as thousands of dew drops are lit up by the rays:

The sun and light winds soon remove this aqueous sheen. But there is still some silver around with the heads of the pampas grass thrusting up into the clear blue skies:

Other, richer colours of autumn are now developing apace, with the trees taking star place

 

One of the stars for early colour is the Canadian tree Amelanchier lamarkii. This individual is at its swankiest best:

Close to this is another individual of the same species. This has slightly less advanced tones but is contrasted wonderfully with the white flowers of a Clematis ternifolia that has scaled into its branches:

This is such a beautiful sight just now, definitely worthy of more than one shot, so here is another:

The above picture was shot before the sun reached this area. Once the sun hit, the colours blaze out even more richly:

For those venturing into the Alpine House here too there is a wealth of colour at the moment. I?ll end with a couple of views to tempt you to come and see more for yourself?

 

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