Tuesday 22 September

Acer leaves in autumn at Sheffield Park East Sussex

Though today marks the first official day of autumn the glorious sunshine glittering on the lakes feels more like summer. Tomorrow, with a switch to cooler temperatures, autumn really begins.



Throughout the gardens the first hints of autumn are really beginning to shine out. It is an unusually beautiful time of year as every imaginable shade of green contrasts with the early bright reds, yellows and oranges.

As you stroll around the gardens this week it is impossible to miss the stunning autumnal shades of Sheffield Park's many Acer's. In fact we have over 25 species and 240 specimens in the garden so their dramatic glow can be seen around almost every corner. 

Some of our most iconic panoramas boast an Acer. Like this view over Ten Foot Pond towards the house from the bridge. 

 

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' in Autumn at Sheffield Park
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' in Autumn at Sheffield Park
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' in Autumn at Sheffield Park

Or the view across the gunnera to the west of Ten Foot Pond.

Acer nestled by Ten Foot Pond in Sheffield Park
Acer nestled by Ten Foot Pond in Sheffield Park
Acer nestled by Ten Foot Pond in Sheffield Park



The real autum signs though are their picturesque winged seed pods. Keep an eye out as you pass. 
 

Winged Seed Pods on an Acer Tree at Sheffield Park
Winged Seed Pods on an Acer Tree
Winged Seed Pods on an Acer Tree at Sheffield Park