This clam shell construction lies at the head of the Rock Garden, next to the Princess of Wales’ Conservatory and the Grass Borders. Actually there wasn’t a great deal to see in the Alpine House this time – a few cyclamen, Paperwhite narcissus (well, probably more botanically rare than that, but you get the idea), the Nerines and Scilla pictured (reminding me of my Madeira trip where the Scilla was very common indeed, in the botanical gardens and without). I expect the more traditional Alpine House at RHS Wisley will be a little fuller, as it always is I think, displaying their treasures in sand-plunged pots on two raised benches in a traditional pitch-roofed Glass House. Might get there next week….
Alpines (and Salvias) aside, Kew Gardens is mostly about fall colour, the brilliant tints that brighten up the Autumn woodland landscape as the green chlorophyll is broken down, carotenoids are unmasked and new concocotions, anthocyanins for example, are created. Quite a chemical reaction going on for our delight and delectation.
Prunus subhirtella Pendula Rubra, below
Below, Cotinus obovatus provides the fireworks and the bone white stems of Birch are counterpoint. The rear of houses here on Kew Green.