Arty journeys...


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Autumn Coombe Wood Walk

Some of the plants by the pond have been cleared and new plants have been put in. The gorgeous orangey brown coloured ferny plant has been cut down.

Tny daisies are still growing from a crack in the wall near the gate.

The trees next to the pond have clusters of very small round cones growing on them. It was only when I looked at my photos afterwards that I realised that the new leafy growth tips are blue.

Water droplets on pale red berries.

New things have been planted in various places. 

I can't resist a closer look at the seed heads left behind now the flowers have gone. These husks range from almost black, through many shades of brown, red and orange. Several have opened and shed their seeds.

Tiny white waxy flowers.

Some new plants have been added in a gap in the prairie bed.

Furry magnolia buds. 

Jewel-like leaf colours.  

Diamond drops of water decorating pastel coloured leaves.

Much of the prairie planting is drooping making the overall height quite a bit lower than it was - but a few plants are still standing tall.

Grasses turning orange.

Seed heads.

A tufty edged cone decorated with spiders web strands - the leftovers after most of the echinaceas have finished flowering.

A few are still flowering.

Michaelmas daisies. 

Some of the zebra grass has grown quite tall. The pattern confuses my eyes.

From behind the little hut - masses of purple callicarpa berries on the right.

There was plenty of evidence that the gardener was working hard but I didn't see him today. 

A pair of tiny pine needles hanging from a spiders web thread.

There's another new crop of little puff ball mushrooms - some look like sea urchins.

There aren't many leaves left on the tree that was covered in vivid red a few weeks ago.

Paths have been cleared.

Funny little red flowers.

Two gates that are usually locked with chains and padlocks were open. It doesn't look as if this one had been opened for quite a while.

The frost has finished off the hydrangeas. Their leaves are drooping and almost all of the pink has drained out of their sagging petals.

Many of the plants in the wide beds either side of the lawn have finished now.

Some plants have collapsed to the ground. 

The agapanthus seed heads are still standing.

The big beech tree has lost almost all of its leaves - just a few beech nuts remain.

The end of the fuchsias. 

A few new plants have been put in here. 

I didn't notice the mushrooms (right middle) on the mossy roof till I looked at the photograph at home. If I'd noticed it while I was there I would have tried to get closer.

Jerusalem sage (I think) - lovely starry seed pods.

The end of the deep blue flowers. 

Good to see new flowers when everything else seems to be coming to an end.

More fuchsias coming to an end. Such a shame when there are so many unopened buds.

The cut off remains of the orange ferny plant by the pond.

Not long ago these pods held plump shiny orange seeds.

Some of my artwork and artwork by friends will be on display in Eastbourne this weekend Sat/Sun Nov 28/29 and next weekend - Dec 5/6 from 10am - 5pm as part of the Eastbourne Artists Christmas Open Houses and Studios. 
at 39 Freeman Avenue 
Hampden Park.
BN22 9NU 

See Holly Blue Arts and Crafts (Facebook page) 

Thank you very much for joining me on my little Autumnal journey. 


  1. There is so much beauty in nature, even as things are dying and fading, and you have highlighted this so well. Some gorgeous colours, shapes and textures.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words Cath. Yes - I agree - there is so much beauty around us - we just have to look for it.

  2. I agree with Cath - there is still so much to look at, and even the dieback is gorgeous! So much new growth and planting, too. Really great to see such a lot of colour still, too. I love those delicate little white clusters of flowers.

    1. Thank you Helen - yes those little white flowers are very interesting - I want to try and get a closer look but I was balancing on a rock to take those! Hope some come out lower down - I'll have another go next time!