Saturday, November 28, 2015

ah, Kew - it's been too long!

The forecast for today said no rain until evening here in London/Surrey. Woke to some sunshine - the first for a week just about.  It's been a month since I was last able to get to Kew, though it seems longer!

 the gates open at 10, but there was still a feel of early morning chill in the air. The sun was bright, shining across the grass, and a surprising amount of bright leaf colour still on some trees..

come walk with me...
 Christmas at Kew is on again, these "parcels" are I think lights, for the trail that you can follow in the dark - I must try and get a ticket and see what it's like at night!
tiny little white daisy like flowers..
 still with the overnight rain on the leaves.
 beautiful sunshine through the dogwoods, (committing the photographic sin of photographing into the sun, lol)
 the replanting along the Broad Walk is coming on nicely, it will be fabulous next Spring.
 and the winter bedding outside the Palm House is in place. Love how the newly planted beds let you see the shapes so clearly before the bedding settles in.
 inside the Palm House, very humid after the cold outdoors. Managed to get some empty paths by loitering a bit!
 Much of the tallest growth has either been cut back for winter or died back, allowing you to see the roof structure much more clearly.
 and the light shining through the big palm leaves
 I think after the work on the Temperate House is done, they may need to turn their attention to the Palm House for some restoration. but I quite like the rusty look!
 the fountain was off in the lake, (boo!) as they have a light display as part of Christmas at Kew. You can see the metal structures sticking out of the water!
 the sky was starting to turn grey (after a trip to the shop!) but the leaves remaining on this tree looked great against the contrast of the sky.

 and the mossy bark on the tree trunks (I nearly put arms then... well, they look like arms!)
 The trees peaking through the remaining leaves, look so symmetrical, don't they?

 there was a veritable carpet of fallen sweet chestnuts from this tree, I resisted the temptation to kick and scuff like a kid (mainly because it was very muddy!)

 close up of a chimney on one of the buildings. Don't think I've ever really looked up at it before
 and detail of the ruined arch,
 the Pagoda along one of the vistas

Restoration  work on the Temperate House coming along - but still another 2 years and a bit to go - they reckon it will re-open in Spring 2018..

 loved these berries
 back to the lake, round the other side

 took a different path to the Princess of Wales glasshouse so got a different view of this temple today
Oriental (or Ornamental) Paperbush - did take a picture of the sign but it blurred and I can't remember!  Love the flowers though.

 close up of a dying Eryngium

 the rose pergola, all cut back for winter. quite like it empty!
 the sun was still trying to peek through the clouds - focussing on the sun again, so the foreground is under exposed but I like the silhouette effect.
 inside the PoW, the reflection of the roof in the pond. No sign of the Water Dragons (too many people about by now!)

fluffy looking branches (leaves?!)

and finally, some bright colour left on another tree, on my way out.

Hope you've enjoyed this trip again today!
it was cold, and a little windy, but good to get some air into my lungs after several weeks of not being able to get to Kew, and the forecast was right, no rain so far!


Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

You got some terrific photos, Helen. Kew looks beautiful, fascinating to see how much it's changed since we were there last month.

Lesley Ebdon said...

What an unexpected treat when I came online! It's lovely seeing the changing seasons at Kew through your lens Helen and there's always lots of beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed your tour today.

Lesley Xx

Sally H said...

Beautiful photos, Helen! I really enjoyed my trip to Kew with you today! Lovely to see the sun. We haven't really had any here :( Megan is home for the weekend and we were hoping to go for a woodland walk, but the forecast is talking of heavy wintry showers and blustery wind. We may have to resort to squirrel watching from the living room instead ;)

sam21ski said...

Oooh you never said you'd been after I'd asked if you'd had a good weekend. Didn't think you had enough hard drive space to load anything else up!

Just been watching Rosemary & Thyme and they've just been to your fountain at Kew!!

Great set of photos as usual - TFS xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It took me FOREVER to see this latest venture to Kew. Sorry I've been unable to visit, but my computer and internet seem to work against me most of the time lately.

I love, love, love the photo of the Temperate House restoration. Wow! That's a great photo. I was also impressed with the photo of the plants outside the Palm House. What incredible beauty it is already. I may even like it better than when the flowers are in full bloom in the spring.

Thanks for taking these wonderful photos, because I always feel like I'm right there with you, enjoying the day, and discussing the flowers, plants, and architecture as you see it through your camera lens.