Kew Gardens

Yesterday, we went to Kew Gardens.  I love it here, despite it being as far from my house as you can get while still being in London.  It’s tidy, there’s no dogshit, there are no weeds.  It’s brilliant.

One thing I love about it is it shows what a plant will look like when it’s really mature.  Very few gardens are old enough that they show this.

These are actually holly - you can't tell until you're up close
These are actually holly – you can’t tell until you’re up close
Tree avenue
Tree avenue

Every now and then I think that it would be amazing to have a load of rhododendrons.  However, they take a while to get really big.

Mature rhododendrons
Mature rhododendrons
Immature rhododendrons
Immature rhododendrons
Pond
Pond
Pond
Pond

One plant I noticed in particular was this cotoneaster.  I tend to think of this as a supermarket plant (although I do have a couple) but this really was spectacular.  It’s surprising how lovely an “ordinary” plant can be.

Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster

My daughter particularly liked hiding behind trees and going off path.  It’s a good place to take kids, as long as the weather is nice.

There are some good spots to hide in
There are some good spots to hide in

3 thoughts on “Kew Gardens

  1. I love Kew. We go every year with my sister & her girls (who live close by) and take photos of the kids on the steps of the palace. When my daughter was little she loved their indoor play area Climbers & Creepers but it used to get horrendously busy in the holidays!

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