I had decided a long time ago on a trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens...it was to have been my birthday present, so before we collide into the next one, we set by today, for a visit. Strange time to visit a garden, but then a good garden has treats for all times of the year.
The trees were magnificent, however with no start with autumn tints, there were none the less treats in store: from magnificent cedars to dinky clipped bonsai trees, there was lots to see. Looking down on the ground I found this lovely nut then looked up at a tree I did not recognise, which looked very different from our usual hazels trees: Corylus colurna, the Turkish Hazel.
Under some of the trees, autumn crocus were putting on a splendid show
In other areas the seasonal colours were being showcased by more tropical plants
The butterfly house was still open, and there were some really colourful and large butterflies sipping the nectar from the last of the flowers
In a cool greenhouse, one of my favourite little autumn flowers: cyclamen
and then still basking in the warm autumn sunshine, a superb bed of cacti and succulents, which I am sure will shortly be dismantled and taken under cover for the winter
This great looking shrub took my attention with its delicate white frilly flowers: Crinodendron patagua, the Lily of the Valley Tree, from Chile
Of course there is always the one plant which I would have loved to have found for sale in the shop: guess what, it wasn't! Great flowers but with a leaf so unlike our violets...this one comes from North America and is called Viola Pedata bicolour, the Bird's Foot Viola. Must put this plant down on my next birthday present list!