Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens in Birmingham are not to be missed. We flew by earlier this year and it ticked so many of our greenhouse boxes...
We walked into a steamy tropical house (notice my fogged lens in the first few frames - sometimes I like the mysterious atmosphere it brings) and are guided through palm-lined pathways, aerial roots hang from up high and a plethora of green tones filled our misted vision.
Snippets of the Japanese Garden peeked through the condensation on the port hole windows and asked for our attention outdoors where bamboo and bonsai line up ready for inspection. Here is held the National Japanese Bonsai Collection (in a 'tsubo-niwa' or 'garden-between-buildings') and what a beautiful space too. We'd LOVE to visit Japan and be let loose in some of their gardens... The closest we've been is the Japanese Garden in St Mawgan!
The Haiku here reads:
dreams of being a tall tree -
until the wind blows.
Don Barnard 2005
And of course cacti, there are plenty of those! Tall towering trunks that look as old as anything, their spiky friends that are deceptively inviting and some very rude-shaped fellas at our feet.