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.