What a difference a week makes. This week Wisley has proved incredibly popular with happy half termers! I expect the mild weather has been something to do with it, along with the lure of the great outdoor space we have here. But I know that the Butterflies in the Glasshouse have also enticed many visitors, as well as our program of half term activities including Meet the Gardeners. In fact, the Butterflies are such a success that we are extending the event for a further week.
Outside, the warmer weather has brought the early bulbs on a treat. The snowdrops are sparkling, and the crocuses (mainly Crocus tommasinianus) are opening wide with the sun. Blue and purple Iris reticulata bulbs, pink cyclamen and yellow winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) are catching the eyes of many visitors, of all ages. I love watching the curious youngsters crouching down to get a closer look at these beautiful flowers.
Another benefit of the warmer air is that the fragrance of some of the flowers really carries. If you walk by Weather Hill Cottage there are a number of daphnes and sarcococcas whose scent hangs in the air all around. It is really special, and I urge you to come along and have a sniff!
This week the garden staff have been busy at a number of tasks including cutting back the grasses on Seven Acres and continuing with fruit tree pruning. We’re also continuing to assess the trees that were affected by the heavy snow, which unfortunately means some areas remain closed. Please heed the warning signs.
Finally, have you noticed our new on line tour? It’s a new feature we’ve just developed and we will keep it up to date with garden developments, feature plants and events. I’d be interested to know what you think.
Butterflies in the Glasshouse
Half term events
Apple and pear tree pruning
Virtual garden tour