Monday, 21 September 2009

Oh to be in England now that autumn's there!

Can there be anywhere more glorious than England in the autumn? And the answer will undoubtedly be yes from readers all over the world. I notice that many of my fellow garden bloggers have been talking about autumn and featuring wonderful pictures on their sites recently and I just wanted to alert you all to one of the most beautiful British gardens so that you can plan a visit to view the spectacular autumn colours.

Sheffield Park in East Sussex is one of the most glorious gardens in the world to visit when the leaves change. It is a veritable riot of colour and will make your spirits soar high.

Designed by Capability Brown and mentioned in the Doomsday Book, this garden is an absolute must - it has the most amazing collection of trees, and the acers are at their finest in autumn.

That said, I'm hoping to get glimpses of the autumn colour here in the US later this week. I'm driving up to the Carolinas to stay with friends and am sure I'll see some fantastic changing colours en route, so do visit later in the week.

Sheffield Park is a National Trust property and if you check the website for opening times, you'll see that they are open seven days a week during the spectacular autumn leaf season (10.30 - 5.30 daily from 6th October) - not surprising, since this must rank among the top sites in the world to view the changing colours!

19 comments:

  1. Spectacular -- what a gorgeous spot!

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  2. Looks wonderful, Autumn is a wonderful time and I think this year here will be great especially as the Trees are packed full of berries everywhere you look.

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  3. Beautiful! I was born in Sussex and have visited Sheffield Park many times. Your photos do total justice to this lovely park. (My husband played football there on Sunday monrnings :-) Those were the days! Ha!

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  4. I can see why it's famous. The combination of colors and textures mirrored on the water, it really doesn't get any better than this. I guess it's time to concede. Fall is upon us.

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  5. I am hoping to get to Stourhead soon to capture some similar shots soon, bit early yet for that kind of colour. Also have a trip planned to the Hillier Arboretum next month in same vein, to get some autumnal shots.

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  6. It's still a bit early but it'll soon look like that in Sweden to. I love the colours of fall but not the rain and the cold wind that we often have then. Your pictures are so beautiful!

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  7. Really lovely photos. I love the change of color in the leaves. The garden looks really beautiful.

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  8. How exciting, Charlotte, to be in the Carolinas for the fall foliage. Mid to late October is peak time in the Asheville area, ours in Tennessee is a bit later in the lower elevations. Glad to see there is beautiful fal color all over the world, so no one misses out. :-)
    Frances

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  9. Gorgeous Photos! The reflection on the water is so lovely... here in New England we have a pretty good show too. Thanks for the tip on this garden ... I look forward to their website. Enjoy North Carolina... a bit early yet but trees by water tend to change quicker. Carol

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  10. Autumn is my favourite time of year . . . and I do like looking at it . . . but it's the leaves underfoot and the wind and new smells in the air that I like best.

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  11. Autumn is a beautiful season (if it doesn't rain every day!). The images are lovely!

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  12. The photos are pretty! Fall is such a beautiful time of the year.

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  13. Charlotte, I love these autumn colours of red, orange and gold. The pictures are very very beautiful. I like the red tree.

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  14. I love Sheffield Park in autumn. The colours always seem more vibrant there than anywhere else. The first time I visited, it was in high summer and I was pregnant with my son. I had chronic morning sickness which for some weird reason was made worse by being in the sun, and I spent the whole time throwing up. But I still enjoyed it!

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  15. Beautiful! When I read a blog like yours I am amazed that I didn't somehow find it earlier! I agree with Autumn Belle, that red tree is Amazing! I'll have to snap pictures up at work (Rivendell) and post the Red Maples that are on fire amongst the forest pines and tall aspens! I'll be around!

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  16. Autumn anywhere in the world is beautiful, I'm sure. But I must admit that the reds and oranges of a Southern Ontario fall foliage show can't be beat.
    Enjoy your American autumn...I'm sure it will be spectacular.

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  17. I enjoyed my visit back to Sheffield Park with you. I have been away at Lyme disease Conference and busy entertaining so am so behind with blogging but enjoyed a quick flash through and loved your sky photos.

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  18. It it truly spectacular! I am now viewing my own garden with a jaundiced eye. Hmm... seems like I have some work to do.

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  19. Wow! That is absolutely GORGEOUS! What a nice haven to retreat to. I love the bright red tree in the one photo. Beautiful!

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