U.K.’s summer this year has been exactly that: a proper summer. We experienced a heat wave that seemed to last for months and it was glorious! The Sunday we visited the gardens was extremely hot but that didn’t stop us. Although, it did mean that we lingered less in the glasshouses!
I’m not sure why, but it always surprises me that big cities have green spaces, botanical gardens, wildlife parks or zoos tucked neatly away inside them. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens was no exception. It was huge!
We started off in the glasshouses, admiring the tropical plants and sneakily running our hands under the fountain water in an attempt to cool off.
In a bid to get some fresh air, we headed out of the stifling tropical areas and out in to the open. Wandering aimlessly, we chatted away and enjoyed the intermittent and blissful steps through some much-needed shade.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens had many stunning flowers and luscious plants, in various different themed sections. It made for a delightful Sunday stroll!
Caz and I decided not to follow any particular map and thus, we ended up stumbling upon the Butterfly House. The butterflies look beautiful as they fluttered by, in search of sugary goodness found in the feeders or flowers. I also witnessed one of the funniest and now favourite moments from my dear friend: Caz screaming loudly due to a large butterfly flying right for her, just as a family was entering the house. It was absolutely priceless!! Luckily, she saw the funny side too – once her heart beat had returned to a normal pace!
After a while of exploring, we bought an ice-cream and plonked ourselves under a tree. A band playing in the nearby bandstand was a welcome sound in the air, whilst we relaxed on the grass and watched the world go by.
Not quite ready to part ways, we headed back to the final glasshouse to walk through the succulents and catci. We also managed to find the elusive, calling male Peacock, who was also seeking some solace under a bush.
Caz and I both admire nature and thus, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens was the ideal place for our catch up.
It was a wonderful day and I already can’t wait for our next meet!