Low Light and Autumnal Mists

After a period of high temperatures and very little rain for some while, this last week has seen a significant drop in temperature and over 4 inches of rain fall in a few days. Although the quantity of rain in such a short space of time was a bit unwelcome this has all resulted in some remarkable misty mornings which are a true signature of autumn.

As you will see from the following images these misty mornings can offer fleeting moments of extraordinary beauty and calm.

Part of the Mill End borders being backlit by early morning sunlight.

Laid out in what is known as prairie style, the new planting in the Dragon Garden was only completed in May this year and in spite of the sometimes testing summer time conditions has grown remarkably well. We are delighted with progress so far and it is already providing a flavour of the displays to come in future years.

The new planting in the Dragon garden has only been in the ground since spring this year.
Seen from the raised Pergola Walk the grasses and perennials in the Dragon are already starting to blend together in what we hope will be a successful prairie style planting.
Shafts of early morning sunlight highlight the massed flowers of panicum, miscanthus and cortaderia in the Dragon garden.
Creating its own mist; water vapour arising from the cooler water of the Dragon pool spotlighted by the first rays of sunshine.
The tall elegant and airy spikes of Miscanthus Professor Richard Hansen towering over the rest of the planting to catch the first of the early morning sunlight.
The Dragon appears to rise from a sea of dew laden flower such as pennisetum in the early morning mist.
The soft pink flowers of Miscanthus Cindy catch the first rays of sunlight to arrive at the Decennium border.
Looking across the Decennium border towards the Dragon garden as the sun starts to rise.
The massed upright stems of Calamagrostis Karl Foerster in the Decennium wait patiently for the morning sunlight to arrive.
Carex Evergold and Liriope muscari look out towards the Long Walk from their shady and dry position under the cinnamon barked mrytles.
In the Long Walk Pennisetum Piglet is about the shortest free flowering pennisetum that we can grow in the UK.
Plants in the Mill End borders are amongst the first in the garden to greet the morning sunshine.
The fairly tall growth of the Mill End borders are dwarfed by the amazing stems of Arundo donax that will grow to 4 metres plus each season.
The impressively variegated foliage of Miscanthus Cosmopolitan in a more recently planted section of the Mill End borders.
The tall Arundo donax in the Mill End borders is almost overshadowed by the stems and massive leaves of Paulownia fargesii, which is pollarded each spring to produce such extra large foliage that can appear almost translucent in the clear sunshine.