Saturday, 12 January 2013

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

 As promised I am here again!!!,hubby and I went to Birmingham Botanical Gardens yesterday.We left in thick fog which finally cleared as we went into the out skirts of Birmingham,we were really lucky with the weather and actually saw a yellow blob in the sky which I think was the sun,it has been that long since we have seen it.
As we walked around the scents of the Sarcocca and Witch Hazel were fantastic,the other thing you notice this time of the year are the amazing tree barks.When there is blossom and leaves on the trees you don't always notice them.They have so many different birches and maples,sometimes its the texture you notice and sometimes its the colour.
There were quite a lot of toddlers with mums and grannies who had taken picnic lunches with them and there are quite a few areas designed to get kids and toddlers interested,there were also a couple of school parties who were busy filling in there clip boards.
This is a Brewers Weeping Spruce
Prunus x subhirtella' Autumnalis Rosea
Stags Horn Fern,
African Hemp
There were quite a few different pinus and spruce,but we just loved the weeping spruce,if I had room in the garden I would definetely have one.It was also lovely to see a prunus flowering,we saw quite a few and another must have.There were lots of ferns to pick from but the glaucous blue and the amazing skeleton structure of the Stags Horn fern made this one top of our list.Again there were so many flowering plants in the temperate garden to choose from,we had quite a few favourites but this African hemp with its lovely soft leaves and yellow and red anthers was divine.So what did we come home with?This exquisite plectranthus,I have a silver leaved one with pink flowers that I put out into the garden in the summer but we both loved this one with its delicate flowers and dark under leave.