As I mentioned in my last post, my daughter whisked me away to Bristol for a few days last week and took me to Bristol Botanic Gardens so we could have a break from all the paperwork that we were having to sort out. Once in the garden it was hard to believe that we were still in the city, there were so many mature trees and so much birdsong.
Zantedescia aethiopica Green Goddess was the first plant that greeted us at the entrance.
As soon as we started walking round the garden, it was obvious that as it was a Botanical Garden, it wasn’t laid out like a private garden. There were areas for different species, areas from different periods in history, areas for medicinal plants,areas from different parts of the world etc.
There were quite a few sculptures dotted around, we really liked this dragonfly by the pond.
Loved the deep blue of this iris, but couldn’t see a label unfortunately.
Photographing just as many flowers as I did, if not more, is our lovely daughter in soft focus.
I think this was in the Southern Hemisphere section.
Lots of hardy orchids, Dactylorhiza ,near the edge of the pond.
A quick snooze before too many visitors disturbed him.
The moon gate entrance to the Chinese Garden.
Can anyone tell me what this sign is saying?
The most beautiful flower in this garden was Paeony lactiflora.
We were suddenly confronted with a large stainless steel sculpture of a Kapok flower. Bristol is twinned with the city of Guangzhou and the Kapok flower is the official flower of their city. The fibres of the plant are used to make clothes and the flowers are used for medicine.
We then moved onto historic plants from millions of years ago, some even were on the earth before the dinosaurs arrived.
Lovely new foliage on a Monkey Puzzle Tree.
There were lots of beautiful silver birch trees as we were leaving the Chinese Garden. This beautiful bark belongs I think to Betula ermanii, it had a lovely pink glow to it.
I took this photo to remind myself to buy some bulbs in the autumn, they are Scilla peruviana.
A beautiful drift of Osteospermum going off into the distance.
Large clumps of Baptisia australis were a magnet for the bees.
In the medicinal section, there was information telling us which ailments would be cured by certain plants.
Waterlilies on the raised pond were absolutely stunning.
Turning a corner there was a real pop of colour from the oriental poppies.
Zantedescia aethiopica making a huge clump by the path. These were in full sun, mine are in shade in the bog garden, maybe that is why I don’t get many flowers.
Not a good photo I’m afraid but this is the plant Woad. Our ancestors, before the Romans invaded us, used to use woad to colour their bodies blue before going into battle!
Alliums were another favourite of the bees.
This plant fascinated me, I knew this looked like a relative of the Iris but I had to wait until I got home to look it up.
Thank goodness it had a label, it is Moraea spathulata. It has small iris type flowers at intervals up a stem resembling bamboo. I have found a nursery selling seed so might give it a try in the autumn if I remember.
I spotted the beehives when we were starting to leave. They seem very tall for beehives, maybe they are fancy compost bins instead?
It seems such a long time since my last garden visit, it was so nice to be out once more enjoying the plants and flowers. I found a few that I have never met before and a few that are old friends from the garden here. I really enjoyed my visit to the Botanic Garden and hope that it won’t be as long before I find another garden to explore, in the meantime, i must get on with more weeding.