I wanted at least one more trip to Kew whilst the Orchid Festival is on, and I am working next week so that cuts one week out.
time for some more close ups
I couldn't resist taking this gorgeous dark purple one again,
and by moving a bit further along the path, got a shot of it sideways on too.The back is as gorgeous as the front!
there are orchids hanging everywhere...
even when the photograph is overexposed by the light coming through the roof, I love the look
Love that you can see outside to the people on their way in, too.(click to enlarge!)
right outside the glasshouse is this huge Agave (I went back out the way I'd come in, having gone round inside a couple of times in circles!)
walking through the small woodland garden back towards the Palm House, I spied these gorgeous little cluster of flowers
and whilst I was leaning on a tree trunk (edging along the border of the bed) I noticed it was covered in funghi...
I leant over them to snap the groups of snowdrops..
the newsletter that came this week mentioned carpets of crocus emerging everywhere - they weren't wrong!
the hellebores are out in force too,
their shy little heads hanging down so contortion is required to get good shots...
and some judicious lifting of blooms..
you can't really tell but under this glorious big tree are clusters of crocus bursting forth. You have to take tiny steps to avoid crushing them underfoot!
the magnolia are also erupting into soft fluffy bloom.... they will be magnificent sooner than we know!
I was tired by this time, that's two and a half hours walking/photographing - time to head home for lunch (would have had some at Kew but by now the queues (ha ha) were long...)