Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Hampstead Heath in August

Tumulus Field, Hampstead Heath
The Tumulus Field, looking towards South Wood - 29 August 2011

Trees on the Tumulus Field, Hampstead Heath
Autumnal colours - 29 August 2011

I always take lots of photos of the Heath, too many for this blog; so I have decided to try a "one photo a day" project, it lives here: ayearonhampsteadheath.blogspot.com

Thursday, 25 August 2011

The End of Summer in Cannizaro Park

Cannizaro Park was stunning in spring this year. I loved the crocuses in February, and the other spring blossoms in March and April–and then there was the dry weather. When I last visited the park in May, I thought that it looked very summery already, compared to last year, too.

Now summer seems to come and gone already; the dry grass, the trees that are beginning to change colour, the fallen leaves, and the autumn flowers that have started to appear give the park an autumnal feel.

And Cannizaro Park in autumn is something to look forward to...

The Iris Garden, Cannizaro Park
The Iris Garden in Cannizaro Park - 24 August 2011

Autumn Leaf, Cannizaro Park
Fallen leaves - 24 August 2011

Cyclamen, Cannizaro Park
Cyclamen, near the Sunken Garden - 24 August 2011

Friday, 19 August 2011

Kew Gardens in August

I don't spend as much time walking around parks and gardens in summer, as I do in spring–and autumn. I like the change of seasons. Kew Gardens is a place that I visit regularly, because there is so much to see, and it changes all the time.

In the Japanese Landscape Garden at Kew, the anemones are in bloom now, and the hydrangeas are still looking good, too. I like their soft pink hues, which I think make a nice change to the hot colours of many of the other late summer flowering plants.

And there are some early heralds of autumn, too: The first colchicums and cyclamens are out, in the Woodland Garden.

The Japanese Gateway
The Japanese Gateway - 19 August 2011

Japanese Anemone
Japanese anemone in the Japanese Landscape Garden - 19 August 2011

Lacecap Hydrangea in the Japanese Garden
Lacecap hydrangea in the Japanese Landscape Garden - 19 August 2011

Colchicum speciosum
Colchicum speciosum, in a flower bed near the Broad Walk - 19 August 2011

Colchicum speciosum
Colchicum speciosum - 19 August 2011

Cyclamen hederifolium 'album'
Cyclamen hederifolium 'album', in the Woodland Garden - 19 August 2011

More pictures: Kew Gardens 19/08/2011 set on Flickr