It's all go at the Botanic Garden! Our Glasshouse team have been hard at work extricating some of our pitcher plants from the jade vine so that they can be displayed in all their grizzly glory in the Lily House. They are now hanging sinisterly over the pond so that visitors can enjoy an unobstructed view of their incredible curling tendrils and bulbous traps. Also looking good in the Lily House are Gloriosa superba and Neoregelia carolinae.
In the Lower Garden our huge Gunnera manicata are dominating the water garden, which is also playing host to some local moorhens. The leaves of the Gunnera can grow to over four feet in diameter, and although it is known as the giant rhubarb (and looks a lot like it) they are not closely related. The Merton Border is greening up nicely against the backdrop of the Paulownia tomentosa (Foxglove tree) which is covered in lilac flowers.
Our sweet-smelling Conservatory is spotted with gems like the Cymbidium Highland Hill 'Cooksbridge Rajah' and a display of hydrangea.