A view from Kew past, this day 2017 – a blossomtastic Spring morning in these Royally Botanic Gardens

It certainly pays to make an early start, especially on such a bright and beautiful morning - and even more so when school holidays are upon us and Kew Gardens becomes a beautiful flower-filled playground and a great spot for a family picnic. For someone as bah-humbug as I about having unpopulated pictures - flowers…

Colour on a dull day, just not today: A banquet-kaleidoscope-smorgasbord-gallimaufry of early Spring colour and scent … (or Where’s Thug?)

  Another look through the Teddington Gardener Archives, mid-March 2016, and as the title says, a jumble of images, woodland and glasshouse, Wisley and Kew and a welcome reminder of Thug, the Petersham Cat, still missed.   Ah, well, you've got me - one huge gallery of images and barely a note to cover the…

Magnolias – the grand display at Kew continues (one week on, 2015)…. @kewgardens #SpringAtKew

Magnolia campbellii - seen across the expanse of parkland, spotlighting the Magnolia collection at Kew Photographs taken on 25th March 2015 at Kew Gardens, reposted a) because the gardens are closed and b) because they are spectacular. A brief beautiful display that I'm quite sure is as impressive this year as any, especially with the…

Magnolias – A grand display at Kew, 2015 …. @kewgardens #springatkew #magnoliawatch

Magnolia campbellii (above and below)   A repost from March 2015, with another one to follow, featuring the magnificent Magnolias in Kew Gardens. Sadly, but understandably, the gardens are closed at the moment, so these will be blooming just for the pleasure of it and not an admiring public. Magnolias then, enjoy ... A chill…

Dale Chihuly – Glass at Kew Gardens

                            I'll let the photos do the talking for this piece - Dale Chihuly back at Kew Gardens - last visiting in 2006 if memory serves and a welcome return. Several locations across the gardens and I don't think I saw them…

The Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens – there be fearsome Dragons

The newly restored Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, replete with fearsome dragons. Built in 1762, it was one of a series of oriental-inspired buildings smattered through these new gardens, though the only one to have stood the test of time. The dragons are beautiful, colourful, gilded and sparkling, and quite fearsome. On the lowest tier…

Kew Gardens, Part One (there will be more tomorrow now I’ve actually booked for the Great Pagoda)

A first look at the newly restored and be-dragoned Great Pagoda. Of course I didn't think to book, so shall be returning tomorrow at 10.30am for that pleasure. I have ascended the Pagoda before, pre-restoration about what, five years ago? But the Dragons are new, 1.8m long on the lower level carved in wood, greatly…

Kew Gardens by way of Siberia … The Hive, Alpine House (naturally), a deserted Broadwalk, frigid (but pruned) Rose Garden, a short-back-and-sides to the Grass Borders and a remarkable tree or two –

Don't let all that Thailand stuff lull you into a false sense of security, warmth and vibrant-colourful-duvetness ... outside it is Arctic. The crump-crump of snow beneath your boots and the beautiful architecture of trees picked out in white. A lot to admire but even so, bloomin' cold so it was a quick trot back…

A birthday treat to myself – a day trip to Thailand …

While the Beast from the East continues to freeze and snow lies deep and crisp and even on the ground, I thought today would be a good day to find warmer climes - by way of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew - and explore the floral delights of Thailand. Their annual orchid extravaganza…