Category Archives: Beauty

Before and after

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A very long time ago,

probably 40 years ago, I received a plant from my friend.

We called it Waxplant – Hoya

Since then it has grown very slowly but steady.

Every year it blooms.

For the first time I actually saw how the buds open.

Fascinating the way they open up.

This time I captured it on camera.

Before :

After:

The flowers are highly scented specially in the evening.

 

Today is …# 26 – a day to travel – Trip to Hohen Urach – Germany

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On  a beautiful sunny day

I visited the Ruins of “Hohen Urach“,

above the town “Bad Urach”.

built as a castle, later used as a prison, then destroyed.

It plays part of the interesting local history.

We used to go up when I was a child.

Recently we revisited the ruins with a picnic up there.

A steep walk through forest, we arrived on this very unspoiled spot.

No shops, no cars, it is beautiful.

See for yourself:

 

 

Well worth a visit, take a picnic and

enjoy the scenery and the peace.

Garden changes

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Inspired by Sally’s Blog – My beautiful things,

I really wanted to do my own Boody Garden.

I bought plants which should last a while and added my broken pottery.

 

As it looks now

 

I had some remaining bits

and I had to move my Parsley,

so I planted them into my old drawer.

Hopefully the Parsley comes again like last year.

 

It was so pleasant outside.

Sitting in the garden

listening to the  birds

is a wonderful recharge!

Unroll the Beauty

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When I was at Kew Gardens last time

I was fascinated by the fern growing.

 

 

The way it unrolls itself, looking like an ammonite first…

each stem …..

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unrolls ……

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then each little side branch unrolls separately

with more leaves unrolling.

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Everything unrolls slowly to perfection,

all in good time.

Nature is fascinating.

 

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Adopt the pace of nature.

Her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

all pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.

Beautiful Rain

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It is recently sunny and we all love sunshine.

However rain can be beautiful too.

It makes everything fresh,

gives life

and rain drops look amazing

hanging on plant leaves.

 

Sunshine is delicious,

rain is refreshing,

wind braces us up,

snow is exhilarating:

there is really no such thing as bad weather,

only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin

Kew Gardens 6th Smile – Orchid Festival

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‘He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.’

Ecclesiastes 3,11

 

and to bring the beauty from all over the world,

Kew Gardens is celebrating the Orchid Festival until March 10th.

It really is a festival of colours, sounds and beauty.

This year there are Orchids

from the world’s most biodiverse county: Colombia.

Breathtaking displays of orchids,

a sweet smell,

accompanied with Colombian music,

even the cacti have hats on….

 

Let me take you through with this donkey:

 

Animals made include a toucan,  a swimming turtle…..

A sloth

 

and a life sized Jaguar

 

There are 1000’s species of orchids,

different colours, different sizes.

Enjoy the show:

 

 

Please click on the individual photo to enlarge.

All photos taken by me at Kew Gardens.

 

 

Kew Gardens 5th Smile – Temperate House

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A cold day in Kew Gardens and so many things to see:

The Temperate house is home to an internationally important collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened.

It is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.

As a Listed Grade 1 building, it has been restored to its new glory and re opened in May 2018.

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Walk with me and enjoy the rare and beautiful plants.

Click on the individual picture to enlarge.

Each plant showing off its beauty in different ways.

There is a spiral staircase to walk up along the Gallery.

The view is fantastic, and the sun was shining.

On my way out I passed the gift shop and found some lovely Bamboo socks.

I couldn’t resist.

 

I’ll be back at Kew very soon!

all pictures taken by me at Kew Garden