20 October 2009


It is raining today, so working out of doors is not really possible. We are entertained daily by the changing Autumn leaves that are exceptionally fine this year.

Last week we went to Rowallane Gardens
and experienced one of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen in quite some time. The run from Dublin is along a dramatic motorway and we came across country, skirting by the Mourne Mountains on the way back.

The air in Rowallane is unusually clear, scented by the fine trees, mostly conifers and rhododendrons, that seem to exude a subtle fragrance from their bark, as well as from the leaves.

Tree and Bokeh

The arboretum extends into the neighbouring farmland and the beautiful pond in the Pleasure Grounds reminds the visitor of how sensitive people in the past were to nature. The water is surrounded by blue hydrangeas, reminding us that the soil is acid and that the collection of plants reflect this. The reflection in the still waters of the pool was remarkable, making the trees larger than life and with an intense darkness, like a dream.

Autumn Daze


Blogger Granny J said...

I had been told, way in the past, that European trees did not paint themselves for autumn the way that North American trees do. Your picture would appear to put the lie to that point of view...

10/20/2009 3:36 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Thank you for your kind comment. It's nice to see you posting here again.

The colours are remarkable this year, though I have to admit to having nudged the saturation button in my photo editor just a little bit.

I don't think that we have people engaged in Fall Colour tourism to the same extent in Europe, but that is what we have been trying recently. Some of the famous gardens around Dublin are spectacular.

10/20/2009 5:46 pm  

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