It has been dark, cold and rainy in Glasgow at the start of this new year, although we have seen the sun a few times. When it does appear, I feel quite euphoric! Recently, on a gloomy day, I had the good fortune to have a ramble through the lovely Botanics. I set myself the challenge of finding “winter interest” in the garden to show you. (Just to let you know, I didn’t go inside the glass houses.)
I love looking for buds, and the rhododendrons are full of them:
I can’t wait to see them when they’re in bloom! Below, some stunning pink berries cut through the gloom as if they were lit from within:
I liked how the silhouette of this evergreen mirrored the tall spire of the former church which is now Oran Mòr, a venue for concerts, plays, weddings and the like:
It’s true that there is beauty that can only be appreciated in the winter:
The white bark of this birch tree also seemed lit from within:
I was delighted to discover gorse in bloom in the Herb Gardens. I was a little surprised to find it there, as I wouldn’t think of it as a “herb” but apparently it has medicinal properties and in former times was used for healing a variety of ailments. Gorse always reminds me of being in Donegal at Eastertime. Even on a winter’s day it had that lovely scent like coconut:
And look, poppies are on their way again! So exciting…
I spent quite some time in the Rose Gardens admiring the beautiful rose hips and trying to take photos of the many small birds that were feasting on them. I failed to get any good photos of the robins and blue tits for you, so you will just have to imagine them flitting about:
It was great to be out in a garden, and reassuring to see that there is always beauty, if you take the trouble to look for it.
I hope the start of 2014 is going well for all of you!