Running early this morning (for once!) on our way to a birthday lunch in Edgware, I had the spontaneous idea of stopping at Wisley for a quick circuit. As an RHS member I’m allowed to take one adult guest, so it didn’t even cost anything.
It certainly wasn’t a comprehensive visit, but it was a beautiful morning and just lovely to see an old friend.
Our circuit took us past the Conifer Lawn and then up through the Rock Garden, where I spied this stunning cyclamen, glowing in the low winter sunshine.
On to the Alpine House, packed full of stunning specimens in pots, set on gravel beds.
From here we walked up to the viewing mound to look towards the glasshouse (which I still think of as new, despite being built in 2007).
The borders on either side of the path, the Glasshouse Borders, were designed originally by Piet Oudolf around 2005, and mum and I went to an excellent talk by him at Wisley shortly after they’d been planted. The design features ‘ribbons’ of planting which are easy to see from this elevated position. There was warmth to the grasses, but proper heat from the Salix ‘Yelverton’.
We didn’t have time for the glasshouse this visit, which was a shame because it’s hosting a display of butterflies until 6th March.
Turning back towards the entrance we walked through Seven Acres with lake and striking cornus.
There was more colour from a couple of interesting trees I’d not come across before – Corylus maxima ‘Red Filbert’
and Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange.’
Thanks Wisley, it was lovely to see you again.