Smashing Pumpkins!

Pumpkins, squashes & gourds in the Golden Rose Walk

Autumn is in full swing at Chartwell and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it around the gardens.  In the centre of the Golden Rose Walk for instance, you will find an amzing display of unusual pumpkins, squashes and gourds harvested from our own Kitchen Garden.  There are some fabulous names such as ‘Sweet Dumpling’, ‘Turks Turban’ and ‘Uchiki Kuri’ for you to go and have a gander at.  Some of them may even end up in a delicious hot soup in the Chartwell restaurant later in the year!

Amazed at the view?

There are lots of other pumpkins of a more spooky nature to be found around the garden at the moment too.  They are all participants in the Halloween Twilight Trails that are taking place this week.  The last trail takes place on Friday 28th of October so go and join Horrific Hannah and her terrifying team . . . . if you dare!!

An Amazing Autumn Acer!

In keeping with the Autumn theme, there are some astounding colours appearing day by day around the gardens right now.  I know I’m not the only one to have fallen in love with this truly stunning Acer palmatum var. dissectum this week.  It sits across the Golden Orfe Pond next to Sir Winston’s favourite seat where he used to sit and feed his fish in perfect peace.  The mass of reds and oranges of the finely toothed leaves really zing and on a sunny day when it’s reflected in the water, there is not a much better sight anywhere.  The picture below really shows off the foliage in all its glory…

Jamie

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