Autumnal colours to behold at Wightwick Manor
As the garden rolls over into autumn and on towards winter we are treated to the beauty of nature’s celebration of the fruitfulness of the summer.
A natural transformation
The air chills as fruit ripens, seeds disperse, birds feast on berries and the leaves create a palette of red, gold, orange and yellow.
The bright autumnal tones in the gardens at Wightwick reflect the jewelled colours within the Manor - from stained glass to oil paintings, the Pre-Raphaelite artists knew how to use natural colours for inspiration.
" Laden Autumn here I stand, Worn of heart, and weak of hand, Nought but rest seems good to me, Speak the word that sets me free."
Berries in the garden provide food for birds and many other creatures. You can enjoy their decorative effect which can often be dramatic. Historically, people have even interpreted the profusion of berries on trees and shrubs as a prediction of the coming winters’ weather.
As late summer flowers die back many other plants have recently come into flower and will continue well into the autumn. There are Asters, Rudbeckia, Hydrangeas, Dhalias, Colchicums and Chelones. They will soldier on until the frosts come and steal their colour.
Whilst it may not be everyone's favourite season as summer draws to an end. The changes we can see in the garden can be dramatic, as green vegetation gives way to the beautiful colours of autumn.
Roses have always been a significant element in Victorian and Arts & Craft gardens. The gardens here at Wightwick span these two important aspects of garden design. There are records of 400 roses being planted on a single occasion in the garden in the 1890's!
Roses can be found throughout the garden at Wightwick and have flowered all throughout the summer months. During September, the roses can seem to being to die back, but October sees a resurgence in growth and they can sometimes continue flowering well into the early winter.
Seasonal jobs aplenty
Leaf fall means a lot of work, but we can see the ‘structure’ of the garden appear again as we prepare to ‘put the garden to bed’ for the winter.