My walk this week returns to the National Botanic Garden of Wales. It was Mother’s Day here in the UK and we took the opportunity of our membership to visit at a time when so many plants and flowers are getting ready for growth.
We can see the plants in our own garden getting ready for growth of course, but we do not have a team of volunteer gardeners and professionals attending to it and neither do we have the wonderful range of native and exotic plants to be found at the NBGW. Our recently renewed membership there is well worth it as the gardens are only 15 or 20 minutes travel for us and so we can see the changes as they happen so to speak.
There is always something new to look at and even if the plants and flowers are familiar, that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. The images below represent some of my focal points on this occasion – the texture and pattern of cut grasses, the fluffing of the bullrushes, the rust like peeling bark of the Acer griseum or the jewelled lawn on the banks of the outside surface of the Great Glass House . . . and that is just outside!
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Fantastic patterns and textures here, Alastair. Your eye and enjoyment for this is a pleasure to behold, I am glad you can express this gift in your photos and in your textile weaving. The lavender, which we call Spanish Lavender here in Calif., grows year-round here, and is a big draw to the hummingbirds and also to gardeners for its easy maintenance. While I liked all the photos, I loved that final photo with the ceiling geometrics. What an incredible structure and you drew us right in under the roof with you. Marvelous post, as always.
Thanks Jet, we love the Botanic Gardens here. They only opened in 2000 and took a lot of fighting to get going properly. The Great Glass House is apparently the biggest single span structure in the world and is one way we get to see other environments around the world – like California!