Festival of Leaves: a formal view

It’s time for another year of Festival of Leaves. This is the place to share your love for autumn and rain, for dark evenings and cups of tea, of books and all that you love during this time of the year.

~ Verena Cave


I’m not usually struck by formal gardens, but one look at this view from the raised terraces was enough to make me reconsider them. Planted with dozens of Japanese Maples and other deciduous trees it is ablaze with colour in the autumn. We were probably a week or two early for the best display, but it was still impressive.

There will be more about the Drummond Castle Garden – Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland next Sunday as it will feature as my final October Garden.

If you have some autumn leaves to share, then please visit Verena’s site and join in. She’ll be very happy to see you.

(Macro Monday will be taking a break for a couple of months )


19 Comments Add yours

  1. I love looking at gardens like these, but I wouldn’t like the job of keeping the hedges neat.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No, they are definitely work intensive.

  2. Anabel Marsh says:

    Now this one I HAVE been too. Absolutely stunning.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not so far from you! Must be great now.

  3. Jane Lurie says:

    What a spectacular garden. This one is certainly formal. Pretty shot, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Just wait until Sunday for the whole thing!

  4. So pleasing to the eye, Jude……….my left eye only at the moment. πŸ˜•

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, no! What has happened to the right eye?

  5. restlessjo says:

    Looks fabulous! Will look forward to Sunday πŸ™‚ And if I possibly can, root out some leaves for Verena. I’m not really up and running yet.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It takes time Jo, don’t rush it. At the moment adrenaline is keeping you going, things to sort out and do, don’t overdo things. I’ve come down with some sort of flu bug so feeling pretty rough 😦 And getting the winter blues already…

      1. restlessjo says:

        Oh don’t! 😦 😦 Just been visiting Sherri and Ad. Life’s not so bad it couldn’t get a whole lot worser, as they say! Hot toddies πŸ™‚

  6. A wonderful shot of a formal garden: formality wouldn’t be my preference either, but there’s something beguiling about such order.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am drawn to the symmetry of an Elizabethan knot garden and the intricacies of topiary, but the sheer amount of work involved in such a garden puts me off for a start. I do admire them though and you shall see more on Sunday.

  7. I love the idea of Autumn as a Festival of Leaves. My favorite season! Lovely photo of the garden, and the colors are simply glorious.

  8. verenacave says:

    Jude, that’s an absolutely stunning photo! I can only imagine how it must look now when it was already gorgous when you visited. I don’t know either if I would like a garden like this, it would probably be a wild forest within weeks πŸ˜€
    Thanks for sharing this beauty and I’ll now have a look on your other post about the garden πŸ˜‰

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, I imagine the colours are perfect right now. Shame it is so far away from either of us to have a look!

  9. Oh wow! The colours! It’s just fabulous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Probably even better a couple of weeks later.

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