Category Archives: Love

Kew Gardens 26th Smile

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My wonderful Kew is always worth a visit.

We spent time in the Waterlily House first

with its wonderful variety of Lilies and plants.

See the huge Mimosa plant in the back… wow
My favourite Lilies

We watched a dragonfly bathing in the sun.

Photograpy is so interesting

I tried some ICM – Intentional Camera Movement- Pictures of different motives.

The Hive

Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, The Hive is a visual tribute to Britain’s honeybees. Originally created for the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, it now lives in our Gardens at Kew – surrounded by wildflowers to celebrate the environments that real bees need to thrive.

My ICM attempts

Trying out the camera with water drops


More Lilies in the outside water pond


Pumpkins in the kitchen garden


Nature does not hurry, 
yet everything is accomplished.
 Lao Tzu

We loved Kew so much; It was sunset when we left.

All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens, except the focused Hive picture - from Google.

Blog-i-versary 10 years with WordPress

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Today, 9th June,

I am celebrating…… again

10 years with you, my friends, online.

What a great 10 years Blogging.
I loved every minute. 
It gives me
smiles, 
happiness,
joy, 
information, 
inspiration,
thoughts,
and love.

♥I am grateful for having such wonderful friends here and appreciate your time with me! ♥

A heartfelt thank you for being with me for all this time.

Photo by Heorhii Heorhiichuk on Pexels.com

To the next 10 years !!! Cheers!

Kew Gardens 25th Smile

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Kew this month was very colourful and buzzing.

This time we spent time in the Evolution Garden

Click on the link to read more.

This garden is 1.3 acres, filled with around 700 kinds of plants and brings over 350 million years of evolutionary history to life. 

Outstanding Poppy in a field of poppies
red poppy
Turkish Tulip (left)
roses
pink beauties
Sort of Magnoila
Iris right)
Dutch Rush and Iris

Trying out the camera with different focus points of the same plants


Bees and other Pollinators were busy pollinating.


In nature nothing is perfect

and everything is perfect.


Heaven is under our feet
 as well as over our heads

All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens 24th Smile

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Spring is here with more colours than ever.

Kew is just magical.

Tulips are still blooming

Tulips are still blooming

Then there is plenty of more pink and purple.

Fun Fact:

Fossils have revealed that magnolia plants existed at least 20 million years ago. Magnolia officinalis bark is used in traditional Chinese medicine remedies to improve lung health and treat anxiety.


Apple Blossom – so pure white

Trees green, pink, red make a wonderful contrast.


We found plenty of Bluebells


Still in the woodlands we found Camassias- from the asparagus family.

Delicate flowers bending in the wind.

A real splash of vibrant colour gave this Rhododendron bush.

Nature is the best healer, relaxer and

the best happiness generator for me! ♥


“There are always flowers
for those who want to see them.” 

Henri Matisse

All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens 23rd Smile – Spring in Kew

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Now Spring shows its’ signs

Kew is nearly in full bloom.

There is a sea of yellow greeting you.

Fun Fact:

The word “narcissus” is derived from the Greek word narke, meaning numbness (also the root of the word narcotic); the flower may have been named thus because of the intoxicating fragrance of some species.


There are so many varieties of Daffodills and Narcissi varieties and scents.

We were transported to the fairy-tale setting of Kew’s Magnolias, they grow on bare stems.

Trees full of Magnolias, different colours, sizes and varieties.


We found this little delicate beauty in the grass –  Snake’s head fritillaries


Then we followed on to the Cherry walk

Not all were open, yet I caught some perfect with the blue sky.

It felt wonderful to be under the Cherry blossom trees,

sun shining, blue sky.

Spring makes you feel alive.


Where flowers bloom
so does hope.

Lady Bird Johnson

All pictures taken by me in Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens 22nd Smile – Orchid Festival 2022

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The Orchid Festival is on again at Kew Gardens.

This time the Orchids came from Costa Rica

There is an abundance of colours, varieties and scents.

It was amazing and wonderful to take it all in on my memory card in my head.

I captured some on my memory card on the camera too 🙂 

Orchids – every shape and colour

There were beautifully handcrafted animals - 
a Sloth, a Jaguar, Turtles and a Snake 
my favourite - the smiley Sloth  🙂
2 toed Sloth
Jaguar
Turtles
Snake

The displays were fantastic,

I concentrated on close ups with my DSLR Camera,

and made collages of the many different Orchids.




We had a fantastic day
admiring all displays,
enjoying Costa Rica's beautiful Orchids.


					

Kew Gardens 21st Smile – Winter 2022

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Kew Gardens – in Winter –

you think there is not much to find for pictures.

Yet I found many models for my camera, all ready to be photographed.

The typical Winter flower – the Snowdrop

 

Last year’s dried flowers make a wonderful picture

between new blooms.

Dried flowers of last year’s hydrangea – still beautiful

please slide to see more detail.

All pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.

My Teddy

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Teddy’s are usually one of the first things to give when a baby is born.

I was reminded of my Teddy through Steffi’s blogpost.

My Steiff Teddy called ‘Zotti’ is as old as me.

He had so much love, he had to be mended.

You can see the straw on his left foot. He wears now crocheted slippers.

He used to growl when I pushed his chest in,

he had lots of fur.

Zotti and me

when I was 1 1/2 years old.

Zotti has lost

lots of fur

through ♥ love ♥

Yet, he has no grey hair. 🙂

♥♥♥

He is always in good spirits and enjoys the younger generation around him.

He is loved by all my stuffed animals and is best friends with

Manny, my travelling bear (a friend of Danny from America)

and STRuppi from the Stuttgarter Airport.

Who knows what they get up to when I am not there.

Bears are for life!

Did or do you have a teddy?