|RHS Wisley staff member looking a little surprised! But what's the butterfly?|
If you want some winter magic, head to RHS Wisley for the Butterfly Exhibition, on until the end of February. It's guaranteed to entertain all ages and provide hours of amusement for both young and old! I went today with fellow blogger Joanne whose cottage garden blog has delighted many over the years. And once inside, we were no different to the numerous toddlers in the glasshouse - entranced by these fluttering creatures and exclaiming at this magical display!
|Blue Morpho - Morpho peleides with its wings closed|
There are some 30 species of butterfly on display at Wisley. We were really lucky with the weather, because the day dawned bright and clear and we were able to see the butterflies in the sunshine, but this is a display that you can catch on a rainy day too and of course, there's always the gardens to enjoy.
|Big Billy (Atrophaneura semperi)|
I'm only featuring some of the butterflies we saw here, but we also saw many wonderful plants on our brief visit today, which reinforces my view that any garden with a glasshouse makes worthwhile viewing in the winter. This exhibition will still be on during Half Term so one to remember if you're looking for something to do with the kids over the holiday period.
|Malachite (Seproeta stelenes)|
The glasshouse at Wisley is spectacular at any time of year - filled with tropical plants, orchids, bromeliads and epiphytes, massive ferns and many other exotic plants that you wouldn't normally find here in England. But add the butterflies to this and you've got a really wonderful display.
|Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) with wings open|
As I write, I'm getting ready to leave for the airport, but I'll be posting from the US and India on my travels in the next six weeks. By the time I get back it will almost certainly be springtime! I'm just completing a list of all those wonderful snowdrop gardens that I'll miss next month, although I'm hoping to glimpse a few on the couple of days I'm home between trips and will be posting this information some time soon, along with news on some of the US gardens that I visit in the next two weeks.