I’ve recently returned from a lovely holiday at Ventnor in the Isle of Wight. It’s been such a relaxing time – sun, sea, reading and rest with the family. Just what I needed. During our stay, which was much shorter than I’d have liked, we visited the Ventnor Botanical Gardens and had a couple of lovely afternoons there, wandering around and enjoying the sight of beautiful plants, including flowers and insects.
I was amazed at the number of agapathus there – stunning swathes of them. These certainly caught my eye, along with the repeating patterns of various cacti when viewed from above. It struck me that agapanthus have a subtle range of colours. I hadn’t realised that there were so many variations, not just blue or white! I think that I may have to experiment a bit more with my blue and periwinkle coloured glass to see what colour combinations I can make in my lampwork beads.
Not only did I absorb the beautiful colours, but there were lizards living there too, lots of them basking on the gravel and rocks. I was fascinated and spent a good half hour watching them. Apparently they like to sneak into the hot house for a warm up on cold days and I can’t blame them! One sat still enough for me to take a picture before scuttling into the shady rocks.
If you’re anywhere near Ventnor and want some colour inspiration, do go there as it’s free to visit and there are plenty of areas to explore with different themed garden areas and a play area with swings, a slide and climbing frame for the kids. And of course there’s also the Isle of Wight Studio Glass just up the road from here, which is well worth a visit too.