I recently sent out a newsletter featuring the Woodland Trust’s Top Ten Woods for Autumn colour. I hoped it would inspire families to get out into the woods this half term. The list certainly got me yearning for a helping of autumn colour. If I am lucky this week I may get to visit one of those woods on the list Stourhead, not really a wood but a landscape garden.
However I feel I have been really lucky already. On Thursday I visited one of my regular haunts, RHS garden Wisley in Surrey with a group of gardening chums.
I have been pondering as to why I enjoyed my walk around such a well visited local garden much more than anticipated. There is no doubt that the journey there is like visiting an old friend, conferring a level of certainty and comfort. However this time these feelings were tinged with surprise and delight when I saw familiar spots lit up in a different light and colour.
This coming week we will be out on family walks in the woods and perhaps that visit to Stourhead. We had a fantastic time there last year. It will no doubt be a different sort of shared experience! Hope you also manage to get out and see the autumn colours close to you. You may not have to travel far.