Friday 7th February 2020

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We’ve passed the Universal Palindrome Day – 02/02/2020 – and very exciting it was too.  Even more exciting though, was our Friday Group outing.  The weather wasn’t in the least mizzly-drizzly at Wisley, thank goodness; on the contrary, it was brilliant, radiant and luminous. Terms frequently used to describe the group itself.

Wisley dazzled, particularly with its Winter Walk

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Bark shone in the sunshine

Along the way, we met our old friend Daphne… here she is, looking and smelling  wonderful

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Libertia ixioides ‘Goldfinger’ living up to its name

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Edgeworthia chrysantha

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Exquisitely scented

Iris ‘Harmony’ looking harmonious

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And stems of Cornus, lit like fire, with a glimpse of ghostly Rubus cockburnianus beyond.

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Stunning stems

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Then into The Glasshouse Gallery, to see The Giant Houseplant Takeover…..

Monster sights

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Lemony delights

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And one or two frights

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I mean, that’s no way to treat your guests

Moving quickly on… through the entrance hall and into the living room. The phone’s off the hook and there’s a fire in the grate – but no-one’s about.

Help yourself to a book

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Plant yourself in a chair. Make yourself at home.

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Perhaps a game of chess?

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In the kitchen, time stands still.

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And in the dining room, the plants are running amok

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We loved the cake stand, the vintage ivy-leaf crockery and the popping bottle of champagne.  Those bubbles!

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The candles burn brightly

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And after-dinner drinks await

Then a lovely long bath before bed. Or maybe a shower?

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Time to turn in. Loving the eiderdown.

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In the morning, there’s time to look at the paintings.

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Given time, they’ll grow on you

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Then on through the rest of the gallery

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Amazing Amaryllis

Terrarium.

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All the rage, don’t y’know

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Here’s the recipe

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Wonderful Wisley. Passionate about plants

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And we are too

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