A visit today to The University Botanic Gardens in Cambridge.
We've been there before (and we'll probably go again); there's always something new to see. So lets go!
This is just as you enter,
blossom already in evidence.
Fritllaria Imperialis or Crown Imperial, I hope.
I love these but have trouble remembering the name
so I hope I've got it right this time.
(Someone will tell me!)
And just in case you've ever wondered what the more usual orange variety
look like from underneath....
stunning aren't they?
The lake and the rock garden were my favourite places when I was a child.
There were ducks to feed
and you could climb around on the rock garden.
The stepping stones are still just as popular with children.
Beautiful when flowering but oh so quick to fade and die.
The banks of this little stream are always idyllic.
or Drumstick Primula
I thought I'd remember the name of this Hellebore but...
The tiny flowers of Fritillaria michailovskyi
(so it said on the little sign!)
While photographing in the garden
I couldn't help overhearing a very young girl
(she might have been six)
asking her grandfather very intelligent and knowledgeable questions
about various plants.
Later she told me that the Jade Vine was flowering in the greenhouse
I ought to go and take some pictures of it,
"it's very rare you know; there's only three in the country"