Saturday, February 7, 2015

the 2015 Kew Orchid Display

Each year, Kew puts on a fabulous Orchid Display, in the Princess of Wales Glasshouse.  Every year, I go and amazed...Today was the first day of the 2015 Display, and I couldn't wait - despite a grey, chilly day.  I'd been having a bit of a twitter chat with Elisa  who was the designer, but sadly I couldn't find her today to say how wonderful it looks.  Hopefully she'll see these and know just how much I loved it.

 just inside the door (forgive this picture,I had the camera on the wrong setting and forgot to take another one on my way out)
 A feast of colour greets you. Orchids and a fair few Bromeliads too.
Great balls of fire, as Jerry Lee Lewis might have said.

 and I adored the bees!! there were several of these, twisting gently to look as if they were moving. so clever.

 view from above, on one of the higher sections... on my way to one of my favourite areas always...
 the archways, looking so gorgeous - beautiful colour schemes this year., oranges and yellows..

 pinks and reds and purples

 it was starting to get full of people, so waited a while to get some shots without anyone in the way.

 back down to the main area in the pond

just look at that pink!  
 wonderful contrast of the orange against the dark green leaves... Well done, Elisa it was beautiful - I will be back again!
 outside, after the bright stunning colours, it was a total contrast to see the grey skies and plain trees  but none the less still beautiful
 and there are signs of life, too - this witch hazel is looking gorgeous!

 No sun, but lots of reflections still..
 one of the stone sculptures outside the Palm House

 and "my" fountain was on again today.

and clumps of snowdrops showing that surely, Spring is on the way!

I wasn't there as long as I often am, but had a fabulous time, hope you've enjoyed seeing these too!


Lin said...

wow Helen amazing piccies again and yes a stunning display!! xx

margaret said...

Lovely photos Helen, the orchids are stunning such vibrant colours. The buildings and reflections are also great, I bet it was a bit cold outside.

Lesley Edmonds said...

Wow! Such fabulous colour for this drab time of year. I love orchids. Great tree pics Helen. Especially the that one a lot. Thanks for taking me to kew xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Wonderful photos Helen. The colours are a feast for the eyes in the middle of all the grey! Have really enjoyed looking, thanks! Xx

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Oh I do love it when you go to Kew! Next best thing to going myself.

Lesley Xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Fantastic photos Helen. The displays are stunning, wonderful to see so much colour in February. I love the outside photos too. That tree with the crack in the trunk looks amazing.

Claire said...

Great photos Helen, the bee looks wonderful and I love all the pink and purple displays! I have snowdrops in my garden now, and one of my primroses has bloomed this weekend - love springtime :-)

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What s gorgeous flowers you captured! I understand how much you loved it and your country people too. Here is still cold but a flower shop start to sell for some flower seedlings. Thank you so much for your beautiful pics and I've read your post with fun. xxx

sam21ski said...

Finally I've managed to visit and wow wasn't it worth waiting for. What a fabulous array of colours in your lovely photos

Thanks for sharing as ever

Sam xxx

Diane said...

Stunning pictures Helen.

Hugs Diane