A Kew Gardens Miscellany – Alpines, Trees and Random Autumn Stuff

Nerine flexuosa in the Davies Alpine House at Kew. Scilla maderense (below) 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…

Liquidambar styraciflua – some of the best (and latest) Autumn colour at Kew Gardens

Liquidambar stryaciflua - Sweet Gum - with maple-like leaves morphing from rich green through yellows and amber. russet and red and to cherry-black. Just one more reason to visit Kew Gardens any time soon. An equal to the Japanese Maple for Autumn fireworks and best appreciated as specimen trees in larger landscapes - they will…

Golden brown, texture like sun – the Grass Borders at Kew Gardens

The Grass Borders at Kew Gardens, another part of these gardens that really is at its peak at this time of year. Catching the late afternoon sun, the stems and seed heads are glowing in every shade of gold imaginable. A perfect place to see a whole catalogue of grasses, how large they grow, their…

Tripping the light fantastic at Kew Gardens….

Kew Gardens are gearing up for their Christmas light show Extravaganza with a whole array of fixtures and fittings being installed in the parkland - the even opens on the 26th November. These are just a tiny fraction of the lighting that is being installed. http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas-at-kew-2014 I think I will be attending....

Glorious Salvias at Kew Gardens

This very long border, packed full of all manner of Salvias, is looking just glorious - despite it being the 20th November - a late triumph of colour, with dark blue-blacks and palest blues, indigos and purples, reds, pinks, cerise and carmine set against typically aromatic leaves. These are tender, half-hardy and borderline hardy plants…

At Kew Gardens, Ginkgo biloba – a meeting with these remarkable prehistoric trees

Ginkgo biloba at Kew Gardens today. Gorgeous golden, buttery loveliness... http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ginkgo-biloba This remarkable tree is known as a 'living fossil', as it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to beyond the time of the dinosaurs. Ginkgo fossils are common in the rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but…

Sunshine, hurrah – a country church yard, that display again, a huge basket of Spirea, a bit of Mahonia, Camellia sasanqua and Bambi, also again…

Sunshine today and a few things that caught my eye - walking past St. Peter's Church yard in Petersham this morning; the sun shining on the display (pictured yesterday but with the benefit of sunbeams); an oversized stone basket with more golden Spirea; some equally sunny Mahonia and one of the earlier-flowering Camellias, the pink…

Overcast all day, some rain but with some bright sparks and highlights… fiery Spirea, white/grey/yellow combinations, tall bamboos and a TARDIS-like van, new roses, a cutting garden update

Fire and gold tints throughout this display - from an unexpected source - Spirea nipponica Snowmound is better known for its smothering of white blossom on arching stems in June and July but this vigorous shrub is putting on a spectacular finish, teamed with spires of Molinea grasses, fountains of green Liriope muscari, berries of…

Autumn finery at Kew Gardens – Liquidambers, of course, my favourite Cotinus, Liriodendron, Hamamelis and Prunus, the ornamental cherries…

Blue skies, sunshine and a long hour at Kew Gardens to spy some autumnal goings on with a collection of amazing trees. I didn't travel far from the Palm House and I know there would be much, much more to see if I had to time to explore further - I really wanted to see…