Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Bandstand and Butterflies! 14/08/2016

It had been a couple of years since last visiting the Botanical Gardens. A dull Sunday afternoon was brightened by the sight of some spectacular plants and butterflies! A ray or two of sunshine would have given some justice to the flower images but that was out of my control.;-)
Butterfly Border.
Unfortunately there was not one butterfly to be seen on this walk, weather and a poor season for butterflies in general by all accounts.

The Shrubbery
This is just how I would like my garden to look.;-)

A lonesome and in moult Peacock! I have just read this on an Animals website, very apt:
A Peacock without his feathers is like a king without a crown, a tiger without its stripes, a cowboy without his boots.

Bands play in the bandstand every Sunday and Bank Holiday from April- October at approximately 2.00pm. I hope to catch one of the performances before the season ends.

There are four glasshouses to explore and enjoy.  Exotic Tropical House, Subtropical,  Mediterranean and Arid Houses.

A great variety of species of Carnivorous plants were on display. Strangely not many flies were around!!!

 Butterfly House
A few images of some of the butterflies, the species are native to the climates of Central America and Africa. It would have been helpful to have had a leaflet or photographic guide on show to identify the species seen. They were all very beautiful to see whatever they were called.

I believe this butterfly is a Citrus Swallowtail.

This one maybe a Malachite butterfly.
That is the end of my short trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, well worth a visit if you are in the area!



  1. Terrible year for butterflies, I'm afraid.

  2. Lovely images Pam, we visited the gardens a few summers ago now, loved the butterflies especially, sadly a bad summer for them here too, plenty of Whites but not much else.

    1. Yes whites aplenty! Strangely enough I had a Peacock for a minute or two in my garden yesterday, the first for this summer in my garden.