Not long home from another members early opening trip at Kew.. who needs a lie in when Kew is calling...?
I'm quite enjoying always taking this photo from this angle first to see how it's changing. these first few beds of alliums are now nearly finished
I was delighted to see "my" fountain back on, and a strong spray.. there'll be lots of these today!
loads of geese out in the 8am early morning too
down the Broad Walk, loads of colour now, it is truly glorious now
still lots of purple, but lots of other colours now too,
the beds really are full
some of the allium varieties here still looking striking, I can't help but capture them every time
off to the Hive in the peace and quiet.. the wildflower meadow is really beautiful
put the wide wide angle on for a different point of view
and of the wildflowers
lay down on the glass this time, as it was dry
the wide angle captures everything.. knees included!
but I love the perspective it gives the daisies
something Elizabeth mentioned in her comment last week made me think she didn't realise exactly how the Hive is built.. as you can see, it's on legs, so down below under the thick glass platform (that I laid on just now) you can see right up through (not that I did that today)
the beautiful garden outside the Princess of Wales glasshouse is at it's best right now, just love the crowds of Californian poppies..
but I could see red poppies too, so ran round the back.....
what a delight! red poppies, blue Nigella (love in a mist) and the golden orange Californian Poppies too... I may have got a bit carried away!
just stunning! I love too, that the climate is mild enough for cactus to grow outside (not that I really like cacti personally!)
round to the Order beds now (I wanted more poppies!)
the roses on the pergola all along the walk are really developing, even since last week
more Nigella (it's a member of the buttercup (Ranunculus) family by the way...)
gorgeous fluffy clematis (I think)
just look at the roses
ok, so here are "some" poppies... just gorgeous in the sunlight..
headed back towards the cafe and breakfast..
some great clouds today (no rain though)
and plane trails... the planes seemed really low overhead on their regular flightpath to Heathrow.. they looked bigger than ever today.
I was now heading for the rhododendren glade, as they were signposted as being at their peak, but the foxgloves seemed better to me
but the rhodies were good too!
walked through the bamboo garden too for a change
these were my height (about 5'6)
the lake at the Sackler crossing glistening in the sun... walked along the lake a while, then headed for the Treetop walkway
climbed up this time, as the sky was clear (well wispy cloud, but still clear) and you could see for miles
they've cut the top off this huge tree .. not sure why, disease, maybe, but I loved how the bark was shining
more plane trails (the planes are continual overhead!)
I sat and watched for a while
I think this is from the sage family..
the rose garden is looking beautiful now, so many more have come into flower this week
sat on the grass and rested a while....
inside the Waterlily House
outside the Palm House, the allium beds this end have been cleared ready for the next planting scheme... wonder what's coming!
but there are still some left!
back round the pond again. there was quite a stiff breeze and the water was reaching me, it was lovely and refreshing me...
the young geese are growing fast too
the wind was making the spray go miles!
back down the Broad Walk, stopped to sit and look at the geum for a while,,
was about to leave at this point, but
this is a newly planted bed, just coming into glorious colour in the last couple of visits...
walking out of that garden passing the outside waterlilies, these iris were gorgeous
final walk through the rose covered pergola,
before heading home... what a fantastic visit today was... hope you're still with me, that was a mammoth session!