The Salvia Border at Kew Gardens – a plant family that just keeps on giving

The Salvia Border at Kew is a wonder now. Hardly worth a look in mid-summer (though you can, then, find the plant labels, a job which is nigh on impossible now the growth is so generous - hence these are images only with no naming of names, this time at least) - but now, my…

The Hive, mostly, but room here for a few other delights at Kew Gardens …

The Hive at Kew Gardens - and you had to get up quite early to see it as unpopulated - though not all to myself - as this. One photographer already on site (for The Mail? maybe...) was trying to get a 360°panorama by taking several photographs - to be stitched together later - but…

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.…

The return of the snowdrop – Galanthus elwesii at Kew

Under the graceful ululations of the Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum) that is a joy of fine foliage, form and startling colour both in Spring and Autumn, something that must surely draw a gasp from every lucky passer by. Set within the bulky rockery of the Alpine Beds, adjacent to the Salvia Border and…