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A day spent at Kew Gardens

amy

By amy

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We were spending a few days at Chorleywood last week and had decided that Friday would be the best day to visit Kew Gardens , I had been looking forward to this for ages .
We woke up Friday morning to pouring rain and wondered if we should postpone the visit then decided to stick to our plan which was just as well because the sun soon came out making it a fine day ..
We found a parking space right outside the main gate and it was free ! we couldn’t believe our luck …
The first thing to greet us were the Crocus’s stretching as far as the eye could see then the huge swathes of blue Scilla in the beds where other shrubs and plants would be flowering later ….

We then walked past this beautiful ’Higan Cherry ’ prunus ,subhirtella ’pendula rubra ’


Comelian cherry .. Cornus Mas

By this time I can’t wait to see whats coming next in the glass houses

Palm House


Polygonium capitatum


Tree Tomato


Echinocactus grusoni


I’ve never seen such a display of Orchids as there were in the Princess of Wales conservatory , it was stunning , sorry the photo’s aren’t very clear in here .. must have been the steamy atmosphere


I can’t not mention the Cycad the oldest pot plant in the world ..

Also the Titan Arum , which looks nothing impressive until it flowers and then only for 48 hours giving off what can only be described as a stink , it only flowers every few years

I could go on forever so I will just add a couple of outdoor pics. to finish ..
The beginnings of a stumpery " for Dawn "


Cocao.. Theobroma cacao … literally means ’ food of the gods ’


Temperance House


in the evolution house what you might have seen 320million years ago , a giant clubmoss ,Lycopod tree

I hope you enjoyed seeing something of Kew gardens as much as we did …

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Very interesting blog Amy, thank you for sharing. I have been there, but not for a few years, so it was lovely to see your take on it.

14 Mar, 2011

 

Beautiful blog Amy, glad it stopped raining for you,thanks for sharing with us,

14 Mar, 2011

cos
Cos
 

Brilliant blog. I go there nearly every year, but this time I will leave it until May. I want to see the Rhododendrons. There is a small forest of them.

14 Mar, 2011

 

Found your blog really interesting, Amy. I've never visited Kew so appreciated seeing a bit of it through your eyes :)

14 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely photos of kew Amy.... i havnt been there for years.... the spring flowers look lovely there........

14 Mar, 2011

 

What an informative blog Amy - like some others I haven't been to Kew for a long time and it doesn't seem to have changed much - it's as beautiful now as it was then.

Glad you had a good day out.

14 Mar, 2011

 

Loved the visit to kew with you, thanks for sharing these photos

14 Mar, 2011

 

enjoyed the visit to kew gardens Amy and the pictures, glad you enjoyed yourselves and the weather turned good for you, doesnt one of our members work there, wondered if you met him :o) Rbtkew!

14 Mar, 2011

 

You're right, San....Rbtkew (Richard) works at Kew and has posted some beautiful photos on here.

14 Mar, 2011

 

Pleased it turned out nice for you Amy, we went this time last year and your lovely photo`s have brought back what for me was a lovely visit, thankyou for sharing your day.....

14 Mar, 2011

 

lovely blog ~ thanks amy, glad you showed us all those lovely plants.

14 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Cinderella / Yorkshire / Holly / Marie , it was about 30 years since I last went I don't think I was quite so interested then ... I'm glad you were able to have a preview W. Lass .... you might get there one day
Lucky you Cos , if I lived in Middlesex which I did when I was a tiny tot I would love to go at different times of the year ..
I'm glad you liked it Carol ..:-)
San ,I had noticed that Rbtkew worked there and did wonder when we were walking round which one he might be but didn't like to push myself to ask if anyone knew , I had seen his photos W.Lass .. !
Linclass , I thought March might be the wrong time to go to see anything but I couldn't have been more wrong , I was constantly saying " have you seen this " lol..... there was so much to see .......

14 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Sticky :o))

14 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely blog and pics,Amy.It brought back some nice memories.A wonderful place.Glad you had a lovely day out.:o)

14 Mar, 2011

 

what a shame amy, im sure he would have been pleased to have had time with you, he seems very nice on here with members, maybe another time :o)

14 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Sandra , I like it when something jogs your memory an dreminds you of a nice day ..
I spoke to one or two people on the way round San asking them questions , who knows it might have been him , if there's a next time I'll ask on here first .. :o))

14 Mar, 2011

 

Amy what a great blog..ive never been to Kew but i have a friend from near there and always wanted to go..and should..it looks fab..i love the tomato tree and that pagoda is just great..im going to have to go me thinks and see that simply fabtastic cherry with my own eyes..

thanks for sharing

14 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Your welcome Skips , I couldn't resist the Tomato tree I don't know if they are edible I should look it up , I hope you manage to get there one day you will love it .. :o)

14 Mar, 2011

 

What a wonderful day out Amy, I havent beeen to Kew so really enjoyed all your pictures, fell in love with that beautiful Comelion Cherry its stunning. Thanks for the trip!

14 Mar, 2011

 

It's a wonderful place, isn't it. Our daughter lives quite near and goes there quite often. We used to when we lived a lot closer than we do now!

Thanks for the photos and sharing your trip with us. :-)

14 Mar, 2011

 

great blog Amy....

14 Mar, 2011

 

We have never been either, so enjoyed your visit, regarding the Cycad (which we are growing) and can live to 2.500 years I shall have to hand it down in my will lol Thanks for the interesting photos, save me going now.!

15 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Carole the Comelian Cherry was my favourite pretty tree ,I would love one like that .
You have been lucky to be able to see the plants in the four seasons Barbara there's so much to see at different times of the year ..
I'm glad you enjoyed it Elsie .
Dd what a problem ...LOL... I can imagine the look on everybody's faces at the reading :o)))

15 Mar, 2011

 

So can I Amy, pity I wont be there to see it lol

15 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely photos Amy ... glad you enjoyed your visit :o)

18 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks TT , it was a wonderful day almost to much to take in at once really , perhaps we will be able to go again one day ... :o))

18 Mar, 2011

 

If anyone is visiting Kew Gardens in May then please also go to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park. Absolutely lovely at that time of year.

20 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks for that information Ginellie , I wouldn't be able to go in May but hopefully someone might be able to .. :o))

20 Mar, 2011

 

I don't remember ever seeing that pergola walk . . . I visited about five years ago(?) soon after the new glasshouse opened . . . you must have gone everywhere! Lovely for us to share your photos, Amy, thank you - fabulous orchids!

25 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

We had a jolly good look Sheila we were quite worn out when we went back to the car ... The Pergola we thought looked newish it could well have been constructed since your last visit ,I would like to see it covered in roses etc. at the height of summer :o))

25 Mar, 2011

 

Is there a tree-top walk too? I seem to remember reading about a wooden walkway up at canopy level.

25 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Yes there is Sheila but we weren't able to go on that it was closed for maintenance which was a pity it would have been nice to view it for up there .........

25 Mar, 2011

 

The tree top walk is wonderful, but there are a lot of steps up to it and although there is a lift it seems to have been out of order since about a week after it opened!

28 Mar, 2011

amy
Amy
 

What a shame Ginellie ,there must be an awful lot of people that couldn't manage the steps .. I'm glad that you were able to go on the tree top walk , we will keep our fingers crossed that it's open if we go again :o)

29 Mar, 2011

 

I just bought a small cycad, Amy. What an inspiration...1775! my little guy has a way to go! will have to post a pic on my other page. What a lovely day you had! enjoyed this blog very much.

12 Jul, 2011

amy
Amy
 

How exciting Lori , I will look forward to seeing a photo of your baby cycad , it's wonderful to start something that could survive to that grand old age ....we had a wonderful day , we would love to go at different times of the year as the seasons change ........

13 Jul, 2011

 

I envy the people who work in a facility like that...it must be great to get up and go to work!

13 Jul, 2011

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