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…

The Woodland Garden, Salvia Border & Grass Beds at Kew Gardens – cool wanderings on a warm summer day

Kirengeshoma palmata (below) Actaea rubra ssp argenta (below) and in the Salvia borders... just beginning to colour up (the show ought to go on until November) The last image is of Salvia argenta - silver-fur and quite gorgeous. The name plates for almost all the salvias in the border are lost amongst the exuberant foliage.…

Allium rosenbachianum in the Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens (something a little sparkly – little else was….)

Not strictly an alpine bulb - it is quite garden worthy - but one of the earliest Alliums to flower and a favourite of Vita Sackville West. Here it was sitting in the Davies Alpine House at Kew. Dare I say it, this was probably the most exciting thing there, large or small; I'm usually…

Big Love* from the Davies Alpine House at Kew

A happy half an hour in the Davies Alpine House in Kew Gardens this afternoon. I had thought the selection of plants at Wisley - and their presentation in the traditional Alpine House with raised benches and terracotta pots sunk into sand - was my favourite display but then here we are at Kew, with…

February – Jewels in the Alpine House at Kew

Ipheion uniflorum - an onion - in the Davies Alpine House at Kew Narcissus cuatrecasesii, Muscari neglectum, Tropaeolum tricolor I make a point of calling in at the Alpine House at Kew (it is right next to the Princess of Wales Conservatory, at the top of the Rock Garden and behind the Grass Beds) as…

Indian currant – Symphoricarpos orbiculatos

Symphoricarpos orbiculatos - Indian Currant or Coralberry http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1890 I know this particular spot, with the waterfall next to the Davies Alpine House and have photographed something interesting, maybe something orange I seem to recall, here before - so I must have also photographed this shrub too, in leaf. It seems to have made no impression…

In the Davies Alpine House, Kew

In the Davies Alpine House at Kew, Sternbergia candida One of several generously plants pots of Scilla madeirensis This one I have photographed before, at Wisley I think, Narcissus romieuxii subsp romieuxii As the labels says - Crocus imperati ssp suaveolens 'Jager' Crocus 'Jager', again Not a poppy, Ranunculus asiaticus Just a few more Alpine…

Miniature Masterpieces – Iris in the Alpine House at Kew

Iris rosenbachiana - from Russian Central Asia Iris planifolia (above) from the Mediterranean Iris bakeriana - Turkey, Iran, Iraq From Israel and Jordan, Iris regis-uzziae The Davies Alpine House at Kew - home to so many miniature wonders, including these iris, hardly taller than their labels and perfect little works or art - beautiful.