Botanical garden goodness.

The bee buddy needed a day visit to hospital this  week. Knowing he would be some time, and as it was such a long way away, I used everyone’s favourite search engine to find something to spend a few hours doing in Leicester. I started at one of our well known supermarkets and was able to double my vouchers for a basically free vacuum cleaner( after a week without one that was a really good ‘ buy’). I then spent a happy hour drinking a very large mug of cappuccino and eating an only slightly dry scone and jam while reading the instore magazine.

I then plugged in the sat nav and headed for Leicesters Botanical Gardens. What a good decision. I parked along a road lined with houses I could only dream of owning and walked into a little patch of paradise.

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I started with a swift walk around the perimeter of the site just to see what was there and then I just ambled.

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I sat on a bench and read my reading group book (Elly Griffiths, The Outcast) for a while with this view

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Then I wandered some more and admired the herbaceous borders

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They will look so much better in full
flower but I love the tidy organisation of spring borders and my favourite plants were showing great promise

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I just love hostas!

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I also love rope arches, although I am only slightly keen on roses but they do look good here.

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Peonies,

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Wisteria,

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Osteospermums

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Box borders in sunken gardens. This place has all my favourite things. It also has over 100 varieties of hardy fuchsias. A late summer visit will be needed I feel!

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Lots of trees. Shrubs and ponds

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Right in the middle there’s a warm temperate and tropical house with more great plants

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I rang the hospital to find out how The Buddy was doing only to be told he would not be out until much later than I expected but was doing well. Great news! More time to go round all over again.

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To admire the sculptures. I think this one is more like a pile of fallen scaffold, but then everyone’s a critic!

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Strange homemade bee hotels hanging in the trees.

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Trees every little boy would love to climb.

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Border edging envy anyone??

I spent 4 hours here in total. It was the best way imaginable to take the mind off worrying.

The Buddy was looking much better than expected when I collected him. It’s going to be a long journey but if anyone can do it he can.

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