Wisley Titbits.

Posted on 01/11/2020 By

Where once we charged all over the place: Up to London, to the cinema, to the theatre, the BFI, St Martin’s in the Fields, riding on our senior railcard, luxuriating with our free bus pass – we now realise that many pleasures open to us over many years have been neglected due to the absence of time.

Many people are realising that their memberships of numerous organisations may well give them “free access” throughout the year. Those membership cards were there, but way down the “to do” list until now. For us, the RHS at Wisley Gardens are now a weekly visit. Apart from half term, when it was fully booked in advance. So we still went in the pouring rain to buy spring bulbs. The shops are, of course, outside garden entry.

To this, we add the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which will see us visiting Arundel and Barn Elms far more than we have ever done in the past. Really exciting, as winter is the best time of all at the Wetlands. And Arundel will soon have Dalmatian Pelicans on display. A new enclosure, for an enormous bird that was once native to Britain a long time ago.

These organisations feel very safe in taking Covid regulations very seriously indeed.

Not surprising, then, that Mindfully Bertie will follow the same path. It’s not what you can’t do. but what you can. And here we are at Wisley for some Wisley Titbits.

The Giant

Wisley Titbits: The Giant.

The Pumpkins

Wisley Titbits: The Pumpkins.

Wisley Titbits: The Pumpkins.

Wisley Titbits: The Pumpkins.

The Cup and Saucer plant

Wisley Titbits: The Cup and Saucer Plant. Cobea Scandens.

Cobea Scandens. An annual climber, that Bobby used to grow from seed

The Passion Flower

Wisley Titbits: The Passion Flower

Passiflora, Symbolised as:
The ten petals represent Jesus’ Faithful Apostles
The five “anthers” are symbolic of the five Sacred Wounds Jesus suffered
The circle of filaments in the centre of the flower represent the Crown of Thorns
The three purple stigma represent the three nails holding Jesus to the cross.

The New Centre of Well-being

Wisley Titbits: New Centre of Well-being.

Exciting project, this.

Wisley Titbits: New Centre of Well-being - exhibition model.

Exhibition model.

Wisley Titbits; The Plan.

The Plan (Click on image for more info).

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/health-and-wellbeing/articles/wellbeing-gardens-at-wisley Includes the Back to Nature Children’s Garden (below) and the Duchess of Cambridge involvement with it.

Wisley titbits: Back to Nature Children’s Garden

The Back to Nature Children’s Garden

Wisley titbits: Back to Nature Children’s Garden.

Wisley Titbits: The philosophy behind the children garden.

The philosophy behind the children garden (Click to see enlarged version!)

The Tree

Wisley Titbits: The Tree.

Wisley Titbits: The Tree. Liriodendron Tulipifera Fastigmiatum.

Wisley Titbits: The Tree.

Wisley Titbits: The Tree.

Wisley Titbits: The Tree.

The Bush

Wisley Titbits: The Bush.

The Exotic

Wisley Titbits: The Exotic.

Wisley Titbits: The Exotic. Chamaecyparis obtusa Nana Gracilis.

The Acer

Wisley Titbits: The Acer.

Another Giant

Wisley Titbits: Another Giant.

Cup of Tea and Cake

Wisley Titbits: Cup of Tea and Cake.

In the Café Garden

Wisley Titbits: In the Café Garden.#

Wisley Titbits: In the Café Garden.

Wisley Titbits: In the Café Garden. Strawberries grow on Trees.

Grass

Wisley Titbits: The Grass.

The Greenhouse

Wesley Titbits: The Greenhouse.

Open again. Wear a facemask.

The Al-Anon "Courage to Change" book against a back drop of the pond.

Even time and peaceful corners for a Zoom Al-Anon meeting.
“Courage to Change“ is a principle we might all follow now.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

Bertie, with a candle lit for Diddley amidst a pile of brightly coloured autumn leaves.

Liquidambar Styraciflua (the Sweet Gum).
The leaves all came from the same tree.

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