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Tints of Autumn at Anglesey Abbey

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Famous for its winter colours Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire is a bit like an art gallery, you wander from painting to painting; entering the winter garden you cant help noticing the burnished bark:

So tactile, it looks as though everyone has polished it as they walked along:

Looking up the leaves are beginning to turn:

The tapestry of grasses:

Brilliant colours of the grasses, like a painting:

The iconic white birch trees, beautiful here, with the rustling leaves but completely stunning in the winter:

An elegant seat surrounded by stately trees:

‘Beneath the trees where nobody sees’……… not a teddy bears picnic but still a surprise ~ cyclamen sprinkled across the carpet, sorry you cant really get the effect from this photo:

Delicate clumps of naturalised cyclamen:

As you walk through its as though you walk into a different room:

Through the door to the mill: [which still produces flour]

Through to the herbacious borders, past their summer glory but the colours are still bright:

Purple salvia making a statement:

A bright little star:

Like an old gold framed master in its colour, these were alive with bees:

Plenty of Red Admirals were visiting:

The Jacobean Anglesey Abbey with roses climbing the walls:

One of my favourite trees, a cedar with all the little cones growing:

Hidden away like a little treasure chest was a display of dahlias:

the pink:

the spiky:

and the orange:

And lastly a dragonfly spotted in my sons garden:

Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the rather nice olive bread sandwich with roasted peppers and mozzarella cheese!

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Lovely blog Sticki

5 Sep, 2012

 

I agree, beautiful place.

5 Sep, 2012

 

I love the bark on those trees, wish I had one here I`d be out polishing it everyday, the white birch always looks spectacular as well ,also a fav of mine.
A lovely blog Sticki, your pics are really good, have to add this to my places to visit list, it looks really grand, thankyou for sharing..

5 Sep, 2012

 

That was so beautiful, Sticki. You take the most amazing photos - very artistic. Such a lovely blog.

5 Sep, 2012

 

Oh how could you forget the sandwich photo!!

What stunning bark and trees Sticki and love that doorway...so inviting....Another great, interesting blog. Makes me want to visit!

5 Sep, 2012

 

What beautiful photos. I just cannot get enough of those Birch trees! They are stunning. I love the cyclamen too. I have some in my garden now and they are so pretty at this time of year....lovely little jewels.

5 Sep, 2012

 

Wonderful photos as usual, such interest, and the birch trees!! if only one had the space.......

5 Sep, 2012

 

Magic pics.

5 Sep, 2012

 

Beautiful bark on the early pics and your blog was so well worded. I love the descriptions especially of the birch trees........whoops , sorry it must be the teacher in me, it's like I've just marked it!!! :-)

Really lovely, I am making it a favourite - Gold Star for you..........whoops again!

5 Sep, 2012

 

lovely quality blog as usually sticki, weel done. loving the cherry tree bark : )

5 Sep, 2012

 

Stunning pics Sticki....Loved the white birch trees, Dahlias and the arched doorway...

6 Sep, 2012

 

Many thanks everyone, it is well worth a visit! Sorry about the sandwich lulu, I was hungry!

Those White birches are why I go to visit there, I love them, apparently they wash the trunks to keep them like that! I loved the polished trunk too!

6 Sep, 2012

 

What a beautiful place! Love the Heleniums, and the white birches are amazing. :o)

6 Sep, 2012

 

Great blog Sticki and fantastic pictures:))))

6 Sep, 2012

 

when did you go there? lol
I visited the gardens in January 2010 - different scenery there.
As for the cherry bark - the gardener told as they are actually washing it with the sponge, lol.
Thank you for sharing. Must do a blog soon so you can compare different seasons there:)

6 Sep, 2012

 

Such beautiful photos Sticki, love that garden gate its a bit like going into the secret garden. I visited an arboretum once up.north and they encouraged everyone to 'polish' the bark of the tree (like the one in the 1st pic.) with a notice saying 'touch me'! That dragon fly looks like he is laughing, so cheeky.

6 Sep, 2012

 

thank you again everyone!

i went on tuesday kasy, bit cloudy unfortunately but nice and warm.

i loved the gate too grandmage; the dragonfly sat there for ages posing, son and I taking photos all round him, he was quite cheeky!

6 Sep, 2012

 

Great blog, Sticki! I don't live very far from there but not having a car to get there makes it a difficult place to get to. It's a place I'd love to visit someday!

I loved the "polished" bark, so brilliant & the white Birches are just fantastic! Thanks for sharing some of your photos! :-))

6 Sep, 2012

 

you are very welcome balcony, thank you; sorry its difficult for you to get there, it says the number 10 between cambridge and newmarket goes past if thats any help?

i would like to go back in a couple of months ~ they light the trees up in the evening! but february is also beautiful there, with those trees and snowdrops everywhere.

6 Sep, 2012

 

You've always got the highest points (for me ) when it comes to BLOGGIN, Pippa .My WOW!!! is from the first picture up to the last, I always treasure your blog:-)))))

6 Sep, 2012

 

WOW!!! BEST PICTURE!!!

6 Sep, 2012

 

Junna, you are much too kind!!! thank you!!!

its a very picturesque place!!!

6 Sep, 2012

 

Beautiful pictures, sorry I am the wrong side of the country.

6 Sep, 2012

 

Great blog,Sticki! As has been said,the white birch trees are spectacular!!!Makes me want to discard some of mine and plant one of those.

6 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely blog Stikki. Thank you.
Into favourites for the winter !

6 Sep, 2012

 

many thanks Lizzie, bit far for you but if you ever travel east?

thanks meadowland, i have a tree that is meant to be like those white ones ~ but it isnt!!! :-(

nice place to go in winter too diane!!! thank you, if i get there in the winter i shall take some more pictures!

6 Sep, 2012

 

What pleasure you`ve given me looking through your photos, I really love the close up of the bronze bark it looks almost like bands of satin ribbon, and of course the silver birch look spectacular.
You are naughty tho teasing us with that sandwich I could almost taste it.
Thanks Sticki, you`ve excelled again with a wonderful blog.

6 Sep, 2012

 

oh, thank you stroller, satin ribbon, thats a good description.
i will go back again, especially for you and lulu and take a photo of another sandwich [good excuse for another trip?]

6 Sep, 2012

 

Really enjoyed this blog Stickie. You have such a way with words!

6 Sep, 2012

 

do I rose? thank you! glad you enjoyed it!!

are you missing ireland?

6 Sep, 2012

 

What can I say that hasn't already been said? I can only echo the sentiments of others. Wonderful, Sticki.

6 Sep, 2012

 

What a lovely looking place to visit and what a well written blog as always!
Do I spy a photo of one of the beautiful Harris beaches?

6 Sep, 2012

 

thanks tuesday ~ you should see it in winter!!!

6 Sep, 2012

 

oh, hello geraniumdad!!!! thank you! you do indeed spy a beautiful harris beach!!! well spotted ~ Seilebost i believe! just been looking at the pictures again tonight!!!

6 Sep, 2012

 

If ever I get the chance, I will.

6 Sep, 2012

 

:-)

6 Sep, 2012

 

Yes I am Stickie and missing Elizabeth so much too. Its amazing how you just click with someone, isn't it. Its like we've known each other for years.

6 Sep, 2012

 

thats brilliant ~ that you get on so well rose ~ but sorry you cant still be there. i have been to ireland twice, lovely country, beautiful scenery, delicious food, very friendly people.

6 Sep, 2012

 

I agree Stickie and we WILL be going back! Its great that you have found some good friends as well.

6 Sep, 2012

 

i hope elizabeth is well and not working too hard!

good friends are priceless arent they!

6 Sep, 2012

 

They sure are Stickie! She's busy , busy busy and loving it!

6 Sep, 2012

 

:-)

so long as she is happy and well thats the main thing.

6 Sep, 2012

 

I shall be looking at this again and again, :-) Wonderful, the pictures are stunning!!!

7 Sep, 2012

 

too kind tubby! but thank you, its a lovely place to visit [and take photos!!!]

7 Sep, 2012

 

Sticki my girl, you're getting too good at this blog milarky. Top marks for your descriptive prose and ten out of ten for you camera skill....ooops falling into the teacher trap left around by Wildrose ...and I wasn't one lol. Seriously great blog, gone on my faves:-)

7 Sep, 2012

 

now milarky is more like it i think BA!!!! i just took a few pictures! thanks though,
didnt know that was descriptive prose???

7 Sep, 2012

 

great blog Sticki loved it.

7 Sep, 2012

 

Seems that it is ten out of ten from everyone and so it should be!!!

xx

7 Sep, 2012

 

Thanks surreylad,

you are very kind wildrose; marking became some sort of creative essay for each piece of work you looked at where I was last teaching, marks out of ten would have been so much easier!

8 Sep, 2012

 

Sticki! I have one also,which should be like those trees,but nowhere near them!!

8 Sep, 2012

 

mine isnt even remotely white meadowland!! :-(((

8 Sep, 2012

 

when I saw the blog title, I thought, wow, you'd gone all the way to Wales! then I saw the word "Cambridgeshire". Lovely place, and lovely pics, so much to sit and sigh at.

What are the first trees in your blog, with the lovely polished bark? I've heard of paper-bark trees, that split and show different colours and textures, but no idea if these are them.

Is the spacing of the Silver Birches their own idea? Never seen so many in the wild so I don't know what their natural inclinations are.

9 Sep, 2012

 

It is a confusing place name isnt it! there is an Anglesey primary school in Birmingham too!!!????

I think those polished bark ones may be cherry but im not sure fran,

the silver birches have definitely been planted that way ~ they are not naturally occuring.

not sure if this would help fran

http://www.barcham.co.uk/top-5-trees-for-gardens

9 Sep, 2012

 

ah, that's right, paper-bark cherry, couldn't think of the rest of it! the Birches look young, wondered if they'd feel a bit crowded when they grew up and out

thanks for the link, reading it now

9 Sep, 2012

 

here is a bit more information

http://www.gardenstrusts.org.uk/docs/AGTweb_DiamondGrove.pdf

they are quite widely spaced, maybe the angle of the photo shows them closer than they really are?

9 Sep, 2012

 

I was very impressed by this white Birch a few years ago when I was in Cambridge Botanical Garden!

9 Sep, 2012

 

lovely isnt it balcony, i think i was given the wrong variety for my garden!! these are a particularly white specimen ~ helped by the washing i gather!!

9 Sep, 2012

 

thanks for the new link, Sticki

when I was a kid we called them Silver Ladies, still think it's appropriate

Of course they'd have been planted with a view to their needs when fully grown, but they looked close together, maybe because there was no lower foliage or shrubs to break up the colums of trunks.

10 Sep, 2012

 

I expect they have stripped all lower twigs etc to give the effect, I'm not sure how far apart they are, got to be at least 8 feet.

10 Sep, 2012

 

I don't have very good depth perception, so no way of telling, but a forest of bare trunks does look a bit - bare? defintely looks like there's something lacking.

10 Sep, 2012

 

maybe in the perception, cos when you are there its really amazing, it couldnt have that effect if it wasnt so stark.

10 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely place to visit in your blog Sticki. Good photos too.

15 Sep, 2012

 

thanks linda, its a lovely place any time of the year ~ snowdrops are especially good!!

15 Sep, 2012

 

Just had a good look at that dragonfly again, super

15 Sep, 2012

 

thanks Stevie, he sat there for ages, he was quite confident/brave/cheeky!! Steve [youngest son] and I spent a long time walking all round him trying to get a good photo! and he didnt seem to mind ~ just sat watching us!!

15 Sep, 2012

amy
Amy
 

I did a blog on Anglesey Abbey a year or two ago Sticki , I love those tree trunks , we have recieved our new National trust Mag. and it tells us that they are going to light up the trees in different colurs at weekends between 6-9pm on the 1/2nd Dec. 8/9th Dec 15/16th Dec. creating a magical journey through the gardens , note to self --- make a note of those dates .....

26 Sep, 2012

 

oh, thanks amy! i saw a poster about that but i had forgotten, i would love to go!!

http://www.growsonyou.com/amy/blog/5801--a-change-from-flowers ~ Anglesey from another angle!!

26 Sep, 2012

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