Autumn Glory in Powerscourt Gardens

I always find it hard to let go of summer, but the beautiful golden light of October is one of my favourite things about autumn.

We visited the gardens on a sunny Saturday afternoon in early October “to kick up some leaves” – this was the children’s idea, which is why they made sure to put on their waterproofs before setting off. 

As a matter-of-fact, the leaves had already started to turn but not enough of them had fallen to the ground to carry out their plan. Without a moment’s hesitation, they decided to roll down the grassy banks instead.

rolling down bank

 

running back up the hill

As large clouds drifted by across the blue sky, we walked on through the gardens and the children moved on to other games. Everywhere we looked, autumn showed off nature’s glorious colours – a solitary mushroom here, a timid beech nut there, a bunch of fading hydrangeas over there.

Dolphin pond

 

mushroom

 

autumn sun on hydrangea

 

beech tree leaves

But who knew autumn leaves came in this dazzling shade of pink?

red leaves

 

children in japanese gardens

 

autumn leaves in hand

 

changing colours

 

Japenese Gardens walk

In the Japanese Garden, the inevitable game of hide-and-seek started, and the sunlight also seemed to play peek-a-boo behind the trees.

Triton Lake fountain

 

triton Lake & house autumn

 

Looking into Japanese gardens

 

tree leaves

 

sitting in the pagoda

 

bridge in japanese gardens

 

Water feature japanese gardens

 

off on his own japanese gardens

 

Acer Autumn foliage

 

low sun Japanese gardens

On the way to the Pepperpot Tower, the 5 year old hid (not very well, admittedly!) under the shade of a giant gunnera leaf.

Under Giant Gunnera Leaf

Then by the time we looked for more autumn treasures in this part of the gardens and climbed up the Pepperpot Tower, which prompted a new game of castles under attack, time was running out to go and grab a hot chocolate at the Avoca Cafe. But that’ll be for another time…

Fungus

 

Wow thats tall

 

Peppperpot Tower

 

Sugarloaf Mountain

 

Atop the Pepperpot

 

Dont jump

 

Flower pots

 

Statues

About:

Annette is a family blogger exploring Ireland’s great outdoors with four children and a camera. She is French, married to an Irish man, and they live in beautiful county Wicklow. https://www.fouracorns.ie

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