Being indoors more at this time of year really highlights the beauty of autumn when I can get out so I had two Capel moments this week. On the way back to the design studio after lunch, the sun popped out momentarily to highlight the beech walk (actually, the trees may not be beech, I'll find out) - I had to tell the others I'd catch them up as I whipped out my phone for this photo! (Yes, I do tend to lean to the right!)
The second moment was during the ident walk. Last year, without fail, the class went out every week for a 'plant ident walk'; this is a quick stroll around the grounds looking at and discussing that week's chosen eight plants. Doesn't sound much, does it? But by the end of the year, we knew - and, more importantly, could identify - over a hundred and forty plants.
This year, studying 'plants and planting' for Garden Design, the ident walks have been increased to learn ten new plants each week. I'm finding that many of these are old friends from last year but a few of my classmates studied elsewhere before so aren't so familiar with the Capel grounds. It makes me realise, yet again, how fortunate I am to study with access to 35 acres of planting.
This week we were told there would be only eight plants to learn; as our tutor put it "there's not a lot going on out there". Excuse me? How about this:
The gold leaves are an Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' - even without the red berries (and I have no idea which leafless shrub they're growing on!) and the ceanothus flower, the Acer is stunning. Of course, it will all be over in a few weeks but Acers are very slow growing trees so for a small garden this would be ideal for a splash of autumn colour.
The above photo was modified slightly by Instagram, even so here's the tree in situ:
Like having a little bit of sunshine in your garden!