Kew Gardens starts the year with both colour and scent. @kewgardens – nothing dull here…

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Coloured dogwoods, Cornus – Midwinter Fire, C. sanguinea Alba and Flavermimea – a perfect position to catch late afternoon sun and reflect in the waters
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The Temple of Aeolus with dogwoods reflected in the lake
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The Museum with a changing program of displays
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The Palm House backlit by the late but not warm (oh no!) afternoon sun

 

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Chinese Guardian Lions

IMG_4503and the Museum reflected in the lake, late afternoon sun

IMG_4860Winter Box, Sarcococca, heavily fragrant by the Victoria Gate complex.

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Cyclamen coum beneath Malus Sentinel
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An unnamed Camellia (else the label is buried among the foliage)
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Amazingly, my first Daffodils on the Mount
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Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida
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Witch Hazel Pallida
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A whole lot of mulching going on in the Woodland
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Sinofranchetia chinensis – will have to look this one up
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Disporum cantoniense – a small bush at the head of the Rockery

IMG_4552Meanwhile, in the Davies Alpine House

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The Grass Borders are still looking fine..
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These featured on a recent Great Garden Revival show..
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Symphoricarpos orbiculatos – fine with berries
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Hamamelis Vesna

These Hamamelis on sale in the Garden Shop. Vesna (above and below)

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Hamamelis Vesna
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Hamamelis x intermedia Barmstedt Gold
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Hamamelis x intermedia Aphrodite

The sun is shining (well, it is now) and Kew Garden beckons with so much to delight. The trees are showing off their fine skeletons and there are some impressive specimens to search out.

The Glasshouses give respite from the chill – the Princess of Wales Conservatory is preparing for the Orchid Festival next month and already has treasures to reveal.

Scented plants will call to you, blossom too – Viburnum x bodnantense, Chimonanthus praecox, Sarcococca, Hamamelis, Camellias just breaking bud – and I only skimmed a very small area (the Woodland, Rockery, Alpine House, a peak at the Grass Borders, Princess of Wales Conservatory (see earlier blog) leaving vast swathes of the garden unexplored. So far. If you can get out there, please do…

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens

 

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