Friday, 30 October 2009

Autumn Shapes at Wisley

During my hunt for the Thrushes and Finches I got sidetracked by the various forms and shapes of various plants around the Piet Ouldof borders. Piet is a dutch garden designer renowned for his very naturalistic 'prairie' planting schemes.
A lot of use is made of large drifts of grasses....
and perennials that produce excellent flowers followed by superb seed heads.
Behind the borders are shrubs such as this Cotinus with its luscious dark leaves....
and this Pterocarya fraxinifolia a native from Turkey, Iran and Caucasus, with its dangling dark bracts and leaves turning to pale lemon before adding themselves as a mulch around the tree.

On the edge of the Arboretum this glorious fruit (Malus) was hanging heavy with the early morning dew and just waiting to be picked.
In a forthcoming post I will share some of the other colourful fruits in this abundant larder. FAB


  1. Cracking shots Frank.
    That Cotinus is a beauty. The black seed heads against that perfect background.
    Would look good as a framed print.

  2. Hi Frank! I loved this post with the autumn images. Various forms and shapes...and colors. It is very pleasing with lovely photos. I always love the grasses...

  3. This is a wonderful mid-augumn photo study.

  4. Cheers Keith. The 'Smoke Bush' is definitely a star plant. Yes, framing the seedheads is a good idea.

    Hi Kelly. You should be able to see lots of grasses if you follow the post link to Piet Oudolf's website, including the original views at Wisley (without the new Glasshouse).

    Thanks Steve. I was pleased with the outcome particularly as I didn't start out with the idea of shooting these images but you have to flexible when the birds don't play ball!

  5. I especially like those grasses. They add such personality to a photo. Nice work, Frank!

  6. Frank, I feel like I could reach through the computer monitor and touch all those lovely grasses and seed heads. I'm very much a texture and shape person, so this post was very pleasing to my eyes. I'll look forward to the color next time 'round. Oh, and thanks for that link to the Piet Ouldof site. I was drooling by the time I finished looking at all those photos.

  7. Those grass heads are beautiful - but I do wonder how many seeds they spread to surrounding areas. Because my area has National Park on two sides we are discouraged from planting ANYTHING that might spread seeds around - other than local natives that is. So definitely nothing like those beautiful grasses. I have a couple of trees that are on the "No-no!" list and am hoping that their seeds don't spread further than the neighbors' yards - or else???? What a different world!

  8. Thanks Mona. I wish I had room to transport more grasses to my own garden.

    Heather. I'm pleased you enjoyed the link to Piet's work...truly inspiring. I've learnt a lot about plants & plant association during my time at Wisley and this certainly helps when I'm seeking out an image to share.

    mick. I understand your concerns but this is a 'garden' and they employ gardeners to do the weeding! All invasive species are definitely on the NO list at RHS Wisley.

  9. Hi Frank! All the images are wonderful! I love the ready for winter look!
    Another perfect post!

  10. Thanks Eve. Keep an eye out for the colours in the follow up post..coming shortly.

  11. A wonderful post Frank. Grass and seedheads do make lovely shots but I think my favourite is the Malus with the waterdrop.

  12. No criticism intended, Frank. I applaud a varied and well-managed garden. I think some get a bit 'over-stressed' with the idea that everything has to be only local area natives!

  13. Thanks Joan. It does look rather tasty, doesn't it.

    mick. Definitely no chance of that happening at Wisley with examples of plant collections from all over the world.

  14. Hello Frank
    Brilliant photo's.
    So many aspects to Autumn.
    Seedheads & grasses has it's own charm.
    Thanks for your comments you've left on my blog aswell.

    Kind Regards

  15. Thanks Shirleyanne. The only disadvantage is the earlier dark evenings but it does provide other photo opportunities like those you have just posted. FAB.


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