Autumn leaves at Blackwater Castle

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The Autumnal colours at the Castle are gorgeous this year due to such a hot summer and a dry sunny Autumn hastening the disappearance of chlorophyll and exposing the range of red, yellow and orange pigments.  The results are spectacular with more delights ahead.  Here are some images of Autumn drawing in taken this weekend.  As you can see we still have beautiful blooms in the Walled Garden too even this late in the season.  Red squirrels are busy already and we are looking forward to seeing more of them scampering along the avenue.

autumn at Blackwater Castle
Leaves are turning by the Walled Garden.
autumn at Blackwater Castle
Some turn faster than others!
autumn at Blackwater Castle
Fantastic Fuschia
autumn at Blackwater Castle
Perfection
autumn at Blackwater Castle
This one is not for turning – the rare evergreen Magnolia Grandiflora is thriving in the Walled Garden.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
The Old Horse Road and Jaxon.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
The Awbeg running through the glen beneath the Castle.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
These caves along the river bank were occupied back in the Mesolithic era (circa 10,000 years ago). Now this cave is home to our zipline towers.

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
Autumnal blooms

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
Apples and grapes from the Walled Garden – and yes – grapes can grow in Ireland!

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
The greenhouse

 

autumn at Blackwater Castle
October moon over the tower with the Finnish flag denoting the origins of our current guests.

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