The Best Bank Holiday
I had a great weekend, on Saturday my family came down and I showed them round Eden which was lovely. I gave them a guided tour of both biomes and the outside gardens as well, all for free of course – the advantages of being Eden staff!
It wasn’t heaving with people, as it was such a nice day most people were probably at the beach. It was perfect for us as we could dawdle round and have a long look round each area, which is harder to do when there are crowds of people around.
I showed my parents and brothers the most unusual plants in the biomes, including the extraordinary Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) which is a tropical vine that is a beautiful emerald green/turquoise colour, native to the Philippines.
It doesn’t look natural, being an almost fluorescent green but it is! Usually it only flowers in March but it’s had a second flush of blooms this year, in May – we were lucky to see such a rare plant in flower.
We were all feeling brave enough to go right to the top of the Rainforest biome by climbing up a set of steps until we reached a viewing platform which enables you to get a bird’s eye view of the whole biome. It’s fifty metres high so is a definite no-no for anyone who has even the slightest fear of heights.
My mum doesn’t have serious vertigo but she definitely prefers to have her feet on solid ground so it was very courageous of her to get to the top. I saw several people who managed to get halfway up then had to turn round and go back!
I had a great view of the new canopy walkway which is being built in the biome, but even that looked tiny when I was looking down at in. In fact everything seemed tiny in comparison to how I normally see it, the mighty waterfall seemed a mere trickle and the trees no more than weeds beneath my feet.
In a month’s or so time it will look brighter, once the dahlias and sweet peas, along with the other wild meadow flowers, are out in bloom – there was still plenty for us to feast our eyes on this time round though.
The blue border, along the pathway to the Core building, had an array of pretty flowers out, including Californian poppies (Meconopsis) and Columbines (Aquilegia). A ruby red acer tree was a stunning contrast against a backdrop of so much blue.
Yesterday was another glorious day, I spent half of it going round another favourite garden of mine – The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The rhododendrons and magnolias were out in full force and just looked stunning.
The bluebells stole the show for me, they were just everywhere I looked – I had to take care not to step on them. I nearly passed out with the scent they gave off, it went straight to my head!
on the woodland floor
filtered by trees
branches swaying in the breeze
it seems like they’re playing ball
with the sun.
Every inch of ground
a carpet of colour
pinks, greens, blues, whites
blended into one
one magnificent haze
but the crowning glory
the one flower which takes over
like no other
everywhere I look awash
with a sea of blue
filling the air
with such an intoxicating perfume
I can’t help but breathe it in
it feels like not only me
but the whole world
is heaving a contented sigh.
I’m a sucker
for the simplistic things
and for me
waking up and thinking
today is going to be
a beautiful day
is the richest, warmest feeling
I’ve ever known,
and being able to see nature smiling at me
from the second I step outside
beaming such an infectious grin
I can’t help but join in
is worth more to me
than anything money can buy.
From the birds singing in the trees
to the breeze dancing with the leaves,
to the flowers blooming every day
to the sun, touching all with her golden rays,
to nature and its beauty
to the world and its ability
to make me feel pure
no matter what.
I see beauty
I hear beauty
I feel beauty
and how can I not
when today is such
a beautiful day. . .
I hope you enjoyed the read, and had a brilliant Bank Holiday too. Until next time, happy writing! 🙂
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