Before my recent illness I went to Kew to visit my friend Neville, and to see the wonderful plants of course.
Me and Nev!
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!
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.
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.
The candelabra primulas
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
View of the lawn
Adiantum venustum, aka the Evergreen Maidenhair Fern
Cypripedium macranthos orchid
Davidia involucrata, aka the Hankerchief Tree
Inside the Waterlily House
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
It made the orchids I usually have palpitations over look almost normal in comparison – almost, not quite!
Impressive Nepenthes (pitcher plant)
A few cacti were flowering too, I love seeing dots of colour on a toweringly tall cacti spike.
View of the Cacti
The Wisteria was wonderful, bunches of lilac racemes cascading down the branches. I never tire of it!
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!
I lusted after the peonies, a certain red one won my heart – forget roses, give me a peony instead!
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
I hope you enjoyed the photos from my Bank Holiday at Kew. Until next time! 🙂