Sunshine, Blues Skies, and London's Kew Gardens

We arrived early, coffee in hand, under sunny bright blue skies. We'd never been, and the day was perfect. Summer was in full bloom in London's Kew Gardens which holds the world’s largest collection of living plants.

 Kew’s Palm House, a Victorian iron and glass structure, is considered to be the most important building of its kind in the world. It was designed to house the exotic palms being collected and introduced to Europe in early Victorian times.

 It's gorgeous inside... with so many interesting and beautiful plants, including the oldest potted plant in the world!

Look at the wrought iron spiral staircase, what workmanship. 

This is The Princess of Wales Conservatory, named after Princess Augusta, not Princess Diana, although it was opened in 1987 by Diana, Princess of Wales. The pond within the aquaria section is breathtaking and contains the giant waterlily Euryale ferox. This plant has massive leaves that can span two metres and are strong enough to hold a baby!

We saw interesting sculptures, both indoors and out.

Everywhere I looked, there was something or someone to photograph.

Ever the patient husband, GB posed dutifully for me at every turn.

But even he could only take so much; soon it was lunchtime for us both, and nap time for him while I cruised the rose garden. 

Oh, the colors and the scents. I could have stayed forever.

British summertime, when it makes its magical appearance, there's nothing like it anywhere.


  1. Kew is a fabulous day out, I haven't been for about 8 years but I reckon I must take my son there this summer. I loved the giant money plants in the Princess of Wales conservatory the most!

  2. Hi, Sarah. Yes, it is an amazing place on a sunny day! So much to see. Are you lucky enough to live nearby?

  3. Oh, Kews is really is so lovely to visit it through your eyes. On a sunny day it is heaven. I remember my first time at Kews. it was in my first year in the UK and it was a terribly hot summer. Are you heading to the US soon? I haven't forgotten about the question you asked on the number of limes for the brazilian lemonade. I will have to give it a go and let you has been a while since I last made it.x

  4. Oh, wish I could go, looks amazing! Those huge leaves are incredible. Next trip to London perhaps! Hope you are well. How was summer in the US? I am just heading down with friends for 10 days to vacation.

  5. i'm so jealous you went there!
    -Tawny @


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