Bank Holiday at Kew

Before my recent illness I went to Kew to visit my friend Neville, and to see the wonderful plants of course.

Kew Palace

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Me and Nev!

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The whole garden was a month ahead of where I work, for example Kew’s laburnum archway was in full flower and ours at Ashridge is still leafing up!

Laburnum Archway

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The bluebells around Queen Charlotte’s Cottage were gorgeous, when I saw them I could appreciate their scent even more. They weren’t quite on the same scale as the ones in Ashridge’s bluebell woods, but still beautiful nonetheless.

Bluebells

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The rhododendrons were looking awesome, I love the ones with bright raspberry pink flowers. One section had been under-planted with candelabra primulas, a clever combination.

Rhododendrons

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The candelabra primulas

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They were some lovely wild flower meadow areas which hadn’t been mown, it was heavenly to walk through grass which came up to my waist. It reminded me of my childhood, playing hide-and-seek outside before Dad got round to mowing the lawn!

Wild flower areas

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View of the lawn

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Geum

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Adiantum venustum, aka the Evergreen Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum venustum

Cypripedium macranthos orchid

Cypripedium macranthos

Davidia involucrata, aka the Hankerchief Tree

Davidia involucrata

The Palmhouse

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Inside the Waterlily House

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The glasshouses looked fabulous as always, in the Princess of Wales Conservatory one of my favourite tropical plants was still flowering – Strongylodon macrobotrys, more commonly known as the Jade Vine. It’s an intense, luminous, sea-green colour, each time I see it I can’t get over how enchanting it looks.

Strongylodon macrobotrys, aka the Jade Vine

Strongylodon macrobotrys

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It made the orchids I usually have palpitations over look almost normal in comparison – almost, not quite!

Orchids

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Impressive Nepenthes (pitcher plant)

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A few cacti were flowering too, I love seeing dots of colour on a toweringly tall cacti spike.

View of the Cacti

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Close-up!

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An Echium

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The Wisteria was wonderful, bunches of lilac racemes cascading down the branches. I never tire of it!

Wisteria floribunda

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The Azalea beds were a pick ‘n’ mix of colour, pinks and reds and oranges and yellows. There was no colour theme at all, it was so random it worked!

Azalea beds

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I lusted after the peonies, a certain red one won my heart – forget roses, give me a peony instead!

Perfect peonies

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The Rock Garden had treasures hiding behind every crevice, phlox, iris, aquilegia, and more intriguing, exotic plants I don’t know the names of but which were spectacular regardless!

The Rock Garden

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Phlox

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Exotic treasures

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I hope you enjoyed the photos from my Bank Holiday at Kew. Until next time! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Bank Holiday at Kew

  1. Wow Becky, you are otally spoiling us!!! I love the laburnum archway, but I just love all of it. So beautiful.. Thank you for taking the ime to post all these, it must take a while, but then Im useless with computery/Wordpress stuff. It takes me all I have to post one photo! Lol xxx

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    • I love laburnum archways! Ours at Ashridge is under-planted with purple alliums, I can’t wait to see it all out in flower.
      I usually write my post first, then choose my favourite photos and upload them. I’ve got my own method of doing it now so it doesn’t take that long!
      Sharing the photos is the best thing about this blog 😀 it makes it all worthwhile when I get lovely comments like yours Christine – thank you! Xx

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  2. I enjoyed my tour of Kew, thank-you. The jade vine is wonderful; I have never seen anything like it before. My husband has been to Kew a couple of times but I never have. I MUST GO!

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