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Blue Monday: Colourful Corvid

Jay

Blue Monday: Colourful Corvid

Most people think of members of the crow family as being large, black and raucous. Whilst the Jay is not a small bird by any means, it is definitely the most colourful and shy corvid family member in the UK. It was a treat to watch this beauty in the Wild Woods at RHS Wisley Gardens last week, as I slowly wended my way back out from volunteering with Butterfly Conservation in The Glasshouse. That flash of blue on the wings of the jay is just as startlingly beautiful and iridescent as the wings on the Blue Morpho butterflies, flying in the tropical zone of the glasshouse at the moment.

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Aquilegia

Aquilegia

Aquilegia

Aquilegia is often known as Columbine or Granny’s Bonnet. I found this pretty, pink cultivar in the Wild Woods at RHS Wisley Gardens yesterday. Simon and I had a busy weekend but just about managed to take an hour’s break to get some fresh air, coffee and cake. The dappled sunlight really glowed on these little flowers, they were quite captivating! Among all the lovely sights at Wisley yesterday, I thought that I would share these beauties for this week’s Fotospeed Challenge. I hope they are an uplifting sight for you all!

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Blue Monday: Stained-Glass Sculpture

Soldier Of Fortune - detail

Blue Monday: Stained-Glass Sculpture

Another piece this week from the RHS Wisley Gardens sculpture trail, featuring works by members of The Surrey Sculpture Society. My photos today are all details from a steel and stained glass piece entitled Soldier Of Fortune by Joe Szabo. I really like the details in this piece and they way it worked with its’ surroundings! The earthy tones from the rusted mild-steel echoed the early autumnal tones in the woodland whilst the piece rose and branched at the top, with rich tones of blue in the glass matching the clear skies seen through the tree-tops. This “soldier” was most certainly fortunate to find itself in the peace of the Wild Woods 🙂

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Hoverfly

Hoverfly

These busy little hoverflies, sometimes called drone flies, are often mistaken for bees and you can see why!

They’re great pollinators and it was good to see them, among the other insects, hard at work in the Wild Woods at RHS Wisley Gardens today.

I’m hoping for some sunny days soon to see some butterflies and dragonflies!

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Ere the Birth of Spring

Ere the Birth of Spring

The Wild Woods and Rock Garden at RHS Wisley Garden are carpeted with early spring blooms right now. Cyclamen, iris, daffodil, snowflake, aconite and the wonderful snowdrop.

There are around 20 different species of Galanthus (snowdrop) and they are a protected plant in the wild. Some are sadly endangered!

I love seeing how many different ones I can find around the gardens from the native, naturalised and cultivars.

The Butterflies in The Garden event at Wisley has now been extended until the 3rd of March so why not combine a visit to see both butterflies and these precious little Spring flowers.

http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/what-s-on

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