RHS Wisley – A Winter Visit

RHS Wisley Gardens Weather Vane

It feels like we’re very nearly there: the end of winter (hurray!).  I have to admit that I find February the most wearying month, despite the signs of spring, because it seems to be persistently grey. I had been eyeing up the weather forecast for a few weeks and had spotted a sunny day on one of my days off, so I planned a visit to RHS Wisley in Surrey with my good friend Hayley.

I knew there would be lots for us to see at Wisley, even in winter.  And there was: snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores, the odd daffodil.  They currently have a butterfly display in the glasshouse (visit at lunchtime  – the queue is shorter).  The willow and dogwood stems were stunning as was this little Robin who sat on this tree singing for ages.

If you’re sick of hibernating, I really recommend a trip to Wisley.  It’s about an hours drive from central London.  There is a nice pub about five minutes drive from the gardens if you fancy lunch or dinner: The Anchor on Pyrford Lock.

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Friday Scout

This is Holly Grove in Peckham under the first dumping of January snow, a few days after we returned from New Zealand.  What a welcome.  I love the novelty of snow, but I have to admit that I am counting down the days to the arrival of spring.

So, happy Friday!  Here is the first of many Friday Scout posts for 2013, with the best things i’ve found online in recent times:

The Best Places to see Snowdrops

Amazing lighting designs by Nervous System using leaf and pollen structures

The Selby visits the Kings County Distillery

Rose harvesting for oil in Bulgaria (via 101 Cookbooks)

Latest favourites on Gardenista: Dried Hydrangeas and Vines as Indoor Decor

Photos of Amy Merrick’s beautiful flower studio

One Year at Worlds End (recommend a poke around the rest of the website, an inspiration!)

 

Friday Scout

 Taken at the Alcázar in Seville

Gosh it is dark outside.  I can’t believe that last week we were in Seville, where it was 33 c and glorious.  I have to say that I feel slightly more comfortable with the onset of winter having had that sunny break, however.

As usual, here are this week’s finds:

Great set and styling of Alela Diane by Swanfield Boutique

On Design Sponge, Decorating your Doorstep and If you’re waiting for a sign

Todd Selby previews his new book, Edible Selby, featuring photographs of the gardens, homes and kitchens of inspiring culinary folk

You say tomato, I say tomato, a tale of a bountiful crop

A visit to the Somerset Cider Brandy Co., on Gardenista

I couldn’t make it to the RHS London Harvest Festival as we were in Seville, but the Guardian have some lovely photographs of the spoils

Also on the Guardian, why leaving seedheads is good for winter wildlife

A photo series on East New York Farms on the NY Times

Have a GREAT weekend!