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Well, I must have been, because we celebrated our 43rd Anniversary last week! I had a real treat – we went to London and spent the day at Wisley!

My husband is not a gardener, but even he had to admit that it was a fantastic place to visit. I took a few photos while we were there – well – 115 of them! There would have been more only my camera gave up the ghost…

Would you like to take a look at some of them?

Of course, at this time of year, the ground is covered in Narcissi and other bulbs.

I loved this double.

Fritillaries were everywhere, too – including this more unusual one.

A red Corydalis? Straight onto my wish-list!

And so many species of Scillas – a sea of blue.

Trilliums – in three different colours (possibly more if we’d hunted for them!) This one is also on the wish-list!

Have you got space in your garden for this spectacular rockery? No, nor have I!

On to the Alpine Houses – this is the view down one side! The plants were all in flower and all perfect. That’s because they have facilities ‘behind the scenes’ to grow these beautiful plants and then when one finishes flowering, it’s replaced by something else equally beautiful! Clever, eh?

I took far too many photos to post them all – here’s just a couple or three.

Then we wandered on to take a look inside the new glasshouse – and spotted this wonderful blossom with a river of Muscari under it!

In the glasshouse, there were ‘WOW’ plants and groupings at every turn! Orchids galore..

And wonderful succulents and cacti.

We climbed Battleston Hill to see the Camellias and Rhododendrons – I got one photo …and then my camera died! :-(

Of course I visited the Plant Centre – and yes, of course I bought some plants! One was the Erysimum linifolium ‘Variegatum’, which can now be crossed off my wish-list! Unfortunately, the list has not got any shorter, due to the wonderful plants spotted on our meanderings around this magical garden.

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Hmmm - this blog reminds me I haven't been to Wisley for all of three weeks! It's only twenty miles away and their Plant Centre keeps calling me. Glad you enjoyed your day there spritz, even if their soil conditions are completely different from yours

6 Apr, 2009

 

That's one very good reason for going, isn't it! I can admire all those wonderful plants that I can't see in my own garden. :-)

6 Apr, 2009

 

What a Wonderful Blog & so many Gorgoeus Photos ,Many Belated Happy Annervisary Wishes to you & Hubby Spritz :) it was My 43rd Birthday Friday the 3rd! Was that close to your Annervisary ? :)x

6 Apr, 2009

 

Oh my mouth is watering at all these beautiful photos, that one of the tree and grape hyacinth is gorgeous, what is the name of the daffodil do you know its lovely! and the Frittalaries and oh everything!!! thanks for sharing :)

6 Apr, 2009

 

When I go to beautiful gardens like that I want to go home and start all over. Well maybe not all over lol

Beautiful pictures

6 Apr, 2009

 

What a wonderful place to go Spritz, how understanding of your husband when he is not a plant person!
You took some great photo's, thank you for sharing.

6 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks! It was a great day out - and there's still my present to come - but that's another story...

Jac - it was the 2nd so quite close!

Sewingkilla, I did start writing the names down - but I gave up as my eyes were everywhere! Sorry....

6 Apr, 2009

 

Awwwwwww fancy u getting married day b4 i was Born Spritz :) Just shows its such a small world :)

6 Apr, 2009

 

Jac - it really does make me feel OLD!!!!

6 Apr, 2009

 

i am saving up for trilliums. they have been on my wish list for years and i am now doing something about realising it.

2nd april a good date for getting married, better than the 1st ;o)

6 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary, Spritz!!

Sounds like you enjoyed your day out - Wisley is beautiful and just down the road from me, too :o)

I have to take photos of the plant labels when I go otherwise I'd be clueless when I got home.

6 Apr, 2009

 

Hi Peter - thank you.
I did for some of them - like that beautiful red Trillium! Also some of the alpines.

6 Apr, 2009

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Happy anniversary Barbara! What a lovely day out you had - so many amazing sights given the time of year :-)

6 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary Spritz and Hub, Brilliant Photos, makes my mouth water, I have yet to visit Wiseley, I can only dream..

6 Apr, 2009

 

Happy belated Anniversary Spritz to you and hubby and what a wonderful way to celebrate, the photo,s are grand and my wish list is also growing..........

6 Apr, 2009

 

I liked the photo of the auricula - I want to get some of them. I'm sure that was a setcreasea in another photo too. You must have had a whale of atime there .
Oh and Happy Anniversary for last week :o)

6 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary to you both. Glad to had a good day out. The photos are great selection.

6 Apr, 2009

 

Great blog Spritz and wonderful photos. This is the only way I'll get to see Wisley I'm afraid so I appreciate your posting.
Happy Anniversary for last week. Glad you had a lovely day. :o)

7 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary Spritz! I, too, don't believe the way the years pass! I'm sure someone made a mistake somewhere and I'm really only thirty-something! Sadly the wrinkles, arthritis, and failing memory say otherwise! You obviously had a day to remember! Lovely photos!

7 Apr, 2009

 

I want, I want, I want!!!!!!!!!! Particularly the Trillium, I can provide the right conditions for that - and the COMPLETE alpine house with all its contents, Am i greedy? You betcha.

7 Apr, 2009

 

Your not Old Spritz its your Heart where your age is not the years My Friend :) XXX

7 Apr, 2009

 

:-) :-)

7 Apr, 2009

 

Belated happy anniversary, and loved your blog & photos.

7 Apr, 2009

 

Hi, Congratulations on your anniversary. Well done!

Your photos are lovely, that white daffy with the orange is really lovely. My garden is all full up, I dare not contemplate buying any more. But there are so many lovely plants that I would really love to have. I just have to harden my heart and stop taking my purse of visits to where they sell plants.

7 Apr, 2009

 

Belated wishes on your 43rd Anniversary.......it will be our 46th in June so that should make you feel a little younger.
What a smashing way to spend the day, and so many beautiful plants to look at and want, we bought a pink Corydalis a few weeks ago and the blue one to replace another winter loss.

7 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks, DD - that red Corydalis is a definite must-have!

Marge - thanks and don't forget the plantaholics' anthem - 'There's always room for just one more!'

My camera went to the shop this afternoon - and it is a very dead camera - not just poorly - a bent lens, so I was told. Wisley was obviously too much for it!

So I have a new one - and I shall try our insurance company tomorrow!

7 Apr, 2009

 

hi there DD~our 45th in June too~Belated Happy Anniversary wishes Barbara~it was my birthday treat to Wisley, Kew and Mama Mia~ birthday on the 26th~lots of things going on in March for GOY members!

7 Apr, 2009

 

Wisley is a wonderful place at any time of the year, but Spring is so full of youthful exuberance it is the perfect place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Congratulations on your 43rd, Barbara.

8 Apr, 2009

 

Lovely photos look like it was great day out congratulations on your wedding anniversary :0)

8 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks for sharing your special day

8 Apr, 2009

 

Happy ANNIVERSARY.......... lovely photos.. i went to Wisley many years ago......

8 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary,
sounds splendid and the photos back the fantastic images i have of it in my head, beautiful.

8 Apr, 2009

 

I have not been to Wisley for a few years since I stopped working in Surrey.After seeing your pictures I really must go.It looks like it could give Kew a run for its money!

8 Apr, 2009

 

Happy Anniversery Barbara and Peter! and what a wonderful way to spend it, i must check Wisley out for myself, maybe when Brooke is a bit bigger - and just to put all thoughs wondering out of your misery i believe the daff in question is N. 'Replete' - newish variety i bought some last year and lets just say far from disapointed.

9 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks, Angie!

9 Apr, 2009

 

A belated Happy Anniversary,Spritz.Your photos are fabulous.Particularly love the blossom and river of muscari....breathtaking ! Do you know the name of the two tone daffodils in the first picture ? Think they are stunning !

9 Apr, 2009

 

Oh, BB - I took a notebook to write the names down - but I didn't, because I just wanted to LOOK! I am sorry.

9 Apr, 2009

 

No worries Spritz...but they are a bit special arent they ?

9 Apr, 2009

 

Yes - as this is Wisley, it wouldn't surprise me to hear that they are new varieties.

9 Apr, 2009

 

: ) : )

9 Apr, 2009

 

A Very Happy Belated Anniversary to you both! Does this mean you're having your 50th birthday also this year? :-)

Ah, Wisley, how I miss it! Used to go there up to 3 times a year, when my brother-in-law lived in nearby Cobham.

And those fritillaries (my favourite plants)............sigh!

Many Thanks for sharing your wonderful outing. :-)

10 Apr, 2009

 

Thanks, David. I wish! I am juuuuusssst a bit older than that - but I like being retired, so I won't moan!

Have you been to any of the other RHS gardens? I've been to Rosemoor twice. It's a lot smaller, but I do like it!

10 Apr, 2009

 

No, Spritz, I haven't - yet. They are,of course, on my list of places to visit. :-)

11 Apr, 2009

 

I'd like to see what the others are like - I hope to one day.

12 Apr, 2009

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