A few weeks ago I went to Kew, to see the last weekend of their spectacular Orchid Festival. My friend Neville gave me a guided tour, he is the orchid expert!
The event was in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the whole place had been transformed into an orchid extravaganza. There was a range of incredible displays, with orchids such as phalaenopsis, vanda, paphiopedilum and one of my favourites, Prosthechea cochleata (the National Flower of Belize). It was a definite Kew highlight for me!
It wasn’t just the orchids which were stunning, the rest of the garden was looking pretty spectacular too. Daffodils and crocuses consumed the lawns and borders, several Magnolia and Prunus trees were blossoming too.
Daffodils and crocuses
The Temperate House
View of the Pagoda
The Japanese Gateway
The Knobcone Pine (Pinus attenuata)
There were delights hidden amongst the nooks and crannies in the Rock Garden, the Euphorbias especially caught my eye – they looked almost lime green in the sunlight.
The Rock Garden
Pulsatilla halleri subsp. rhodopaea
I had a great day and am looking forward to returning to Kew again soon – roll on summer! 🙂