As the autumn sun lowers in the sky, the colours in the garden take on a spectacular hue. The beech hedge running along the length of the parterre, in particular, is putting on a wonderful display.
As you walk round the arboretum, you'll see that the Sorbus berries are showing colour. Look out for red, orange and pink fruits, bringing this area of the garden to life. Another tree to put on a spectacular performance is the Sweet Chestnut. The clusters of nuts in their spikey green overcoats certainly add to the autumn scene.
In the greenhouse, the Hoya Carnosa is flowering. Its long slender vines produce clusters of sweetly-scented white and pink flowers; the Blood Lily has an unusual flower that resembles a shaving brush; and the Scarborough Lily has trumpet-shaped flowers which are fleeting but exquisite.
Finally to the allotment area, where the harvest from the vegetable plants has been excellent. Also worth a second glance is the Golden Hop plant which covers the garden arch.
What's happening in the West Wing?
For the last 9 months, the furniture, paintings and other collection pieces in the West Wing have been carefully wrapped and put into storage while the hall has been rewired. The process has now been put into reverse and following a deep clean of the rooms, our conservation team has been busy putting the collection back into place. To allow the newly restored rooms to settle down, we are allowing limited numbers of visitors in to the West Wing to view the rooms by way of guided tours - the tours are free of charge and places can be booked on arrival at our admission hut. We hope to open the doors of the West Wing to all visitors in the very near future.