I know I keep writing it but it’s TRUE! This is the most beautiful part of Wales to live in with the rolling green countryside, the beautiful beacons, the splendid seaside and the special gardens and now we have a tropical butterfly house at the Botanic Gardens to visit too! Today a lovely friend invited me to join with her and another lovely friend on a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales to visit the butterfly house and walk round the rest of the garden before lunching out!
The butterfly house is BRILLIANT! One enters the glasshouse by pushing through protective sheets hung over the entrance and in an instance you are in a jungle world! Bright coloured flowers, bright green undergrowth, bananas ready for picking, palms, orchids and hot, steamy conditions and then the bright flash of blue as two huge blue Amazonian butterflies flutter over head – more colourful butterflies flutter by and land on feeding stations and flowers – it is a magical experience!
An amazing sight is a cabinet full of butterfly chrysalis in various stages of development and at 3pm each day newly emerged butterflies are released into their own tropical Welsh rainforest! How special is that?
The walk round the rest of the Garden was very special too! The walled garden was alive with the sound of bees, the scent of all the flowers and the rainbow of colours from the huge range of plants.
Another facet of the gardens are the art exhibitions that are held there. The Shed Project is totally wonderful!
This is one wall with some of the drawings displayed- it’s brilliant!
Wild flowers shining through the raindrops!
On display in the dome was this colourful collage sewn by a group of needleworkers from the Garden .
Real flowers in the dome were also showing their best faces and trying hard to win the prize for the most spectacular colour and shape- this one was the winner today!
A walk around the lake watched by a very metal bull and a quacking puddle duck ended our eye-opening and glorious day out. Thank you for taking me!