Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens – and the Rock Garden too – wandering through Kew today

Continuing with my wanderings through Kew, leaving the Duke's Garden behind and passing the emerging grass borders, we head to the Davies Alpine House and the serpentine Rock Garden beyond. More peonies and iris, more intense colour and floral fireworks - though this last specimen, Viburnum macrocephalum Sterile is more of a giant snowball!  

Anemone sylvestris

A rather beautiful flower, stained pink on the reverse against pure white, and with golden-yellow anthers, blooming in late spring and followed by woolly seed heads. Dark green, maple like foliage, lobed and slightly hairy beneath, on a plant that reaches between 30-50cm. Well drained soil in sun or part shade, slightly alkaline conditions are…