Saturday, September 24, 2016

Late September sunshine at Kew

well, where else.... this is the last Saturday of the early members opening (finishes at the end of September) so I took myself off at the crack of dawn once again... literally as the sun rose..
 6.30 a.m
 once at Kew, the Palm House Parterre is still in full flower - looking fabulous in the early morning sun
 was talking to a lady about how fabulous these cannas look, especially against the Palm House behind them

 can't resist a shadow picture!  I remembered to put the camera bag down and out of shot today so I don't look huge! well, you know what I mean.
 gorgeous reflections in the lake
love the silvery leaves
 amazing how two photos of the same scene can look so different - focus on the Palm House.....
 or focus on the flowers in the foreground!
I love photography!!
 heading back down the Broad Walk now, it's been fantastic seeing it develop through the seasons this year since it was planted up...and still so much colour!

Even when the flowers are fading, they look good

I love this part of the border, the michaelmas daisies with the heleniums behind (I was watching a recording of Gardeners World whilst writing this, luckily they were featuring seasonal flowers!)


 the Hive, in the early morning light - it was still only 8.30
 these have been beautiful all summer - even now, as they fade.
I must go back through my files and compare them week by week!

 love the yellow behind these
 and the Orangery restaurant in the background

walking round the back of the Broad Walk to the Hive
 the meadow is fading now,
 but not fully

and I love the bronzy brown colours as it does fade

 the clover is still flowering
 and the light through the Hive structure was wonderful today
 several people already there..
 love the contrast of the white against the rusty posts

underneath the Hive structure,
sun was shining through everything

 and the grass garden was spectacular!

 I love autumn!
 teasels in the Duke's Garden..
 these must have been 8 or 10 feet tall

this shrub was huge, growing at the entrance to the Duke's Garden I've forgotten what it is (and didn't take a picture of it's plant label!) - I've never noticed it in flower before
 back to the grasses
 and the Alpine house, in it's space age building
 rose pergola bare, now but the shadows attracted me

 more die back looking fantastic
 growth under the giant Gunnera
 reflection of the Palm House in the water

 the light was really showing off the green of the trees and grass
pine cones

 autumn colour abounding

 misty morning sun on the cobwebs

 vines bearing fruit and gorgeous red leaves
 light shining through leaves again

 couldn't work out if this was someone famous, definitely some photo shoot going on...
the Pagoda
 mossy bark

I had to take this one, completely oblivious to me snapping away

 came across a couple of peacocks sunning themselves

 lying down on the now-dry grass to get some low level shots of the colchicums (they're not crocus, just look like them, but much bigger)

 decided I didn't have the energy to climb up to the top of the treetop walkway today!

the sky was blue, the sun was warm....

but the leaves are turning, and there was some lovely scrunching underfoot to be done!
Canada geese enjoying the sun too
 the Palm House, from the rose garden (still several in flower)

 beds outside the Waterlily house, the dahlias still so colourful, love the red/purple mix

 I know I shouldn't have taken this one without clearing the lens of the condensation from the humidity, but I love the atmosphere it gives!

 back outside, the Parterre with "my" fountain in the background..
 willow tree (I think)
 you all know how much I love this fountain when the sun is shining..

 I always get a bit carried away

 lotus flower inside the Princess of Wales house now
 seed pods
 outside, bullrushes in the sun
and the Hive, from a different angle
 more daisies
 and the secluded garden, spray bouncing off the tile towers in the sun
 walking towards the exit now, back past the end of the Broad Walk - you can see how tall the plants are, by the people walking along the Walk in between the two beds.

Phew, 425 photos condensed somehow - hope you're still with me!