Time slows to a gentle Pulsing beat of the heart The world exists only in This moment of serenity Transfixed by their grace Sylph-like they flitter Ephemeral enchanters with Dusted wings that glitter In a flutter of delight Glimpses of bright colour Caught by coruscated light Filtered through foliage Dancing in the breeze And here and there Shadows cavort to a song That only they can hear Pulling at my soul to join With them in celebration Of the simple pleasures Of a great star that Warms and stirs the air Of twisting currents Rising above running waters Of freedom to drift and soar To follow the heart’s desire To continue this fleeting Life cycle and re-emerge In pristine nascency A renewal of selfhood An ascension of spirit Soaring skyward in a Transitory ballet played out Upon the winds of time
This Asian Swallowtail butterfly danced amongst the Clock Vine flowers sipping nectar on the wing and providing a beautiful spectacle for those of us in RHS Wisley’s Glasshouse today.
The Indian Clock Vine (Thunbergia mysorensis) spans the entire length of the tropical area of the glasshouse and is truly stunning with its slipper-shaped yellow and maroon flowers filled with sweet nectar. In the wild it is mostly visited by sunbirds and hummingbirds.
The Asian Swallowtail (Papilio lowi) is sometimes called The Great Yellow Mormon and to see this little beauty in the wild you’ll need to go to Borneo, Indonesia or the Philippines.