Category Archives: Travel

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

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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.

Kew Gardens 20th Smile – Lights by night

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Christmas lights in Kew Gardens – a treat for the Pre-Christmas time.

We enjoyed a lovely evening in the big garden with the famous beautiful

Kew’s Christmas Lights!

 

New colours and shapes everywhere.

A small compilation

The Palmhouse changed colours and on the lake in front fountains and stars appeared.

Every display was accompagnied with amazing music,

some classical, choir and modern to make the whole light show a memorable experience.

We had a wonderful evening walking through a light wonderland.

Of course there was mulled wine and hot chocolate too!

Please click on the picture to enlarge them.

All pictures taken by me at Kew Gardens.

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Wishing all a wonderful and peaceful 3rd Advent !

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Kew Gardens 19th Smile – Shapes and Patterns

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A cold day at Kew Gardens yet the beauty stays.

I observed so many different patterns and shapes this time.

The ‘Smilex’ with its heart shaped leaves and thorns.

Again I tried to take photos with a bokeh- effect as good as I can with my Phone Camera.

The Banana Tree had fruits.

Look at those amazing patterns of 2 very different plants.

It is wonderful to have been able to share this visit with a wonderful friend.

A sweet friendship
refreshes the soul.
Proverbs 27.9

Kew Gardens 18th Smile – Wonderful Finds with a Friend

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This time I went to Kew to find the Autumn colours.

My blogger friend Colleen loves to travel and loves Kew,

so I invited Colleen along to enjoy the Gardens.

She loved the yellow Ginko Tree,

behind is a golden Larch just starting to colour.

Along the bridge a variety of colours…….

hang on Colleen I need to catch up.

This is a very tall Monkey Puzzle Tree.

We looked at it closely.

It looked more like a column.

Amazing nature ♥

I couldn’t stop Colleen climbing this Bonsai Tree.

We needed a break and sat down for lunch and a chat.

Colleen brought enough for all in the rucksack, thank you.

On our way we found this beautiful Autumn tree

and rustled through the Autumn leaves.

Thank you Colleen, I’m so happy you could come.

We were having so much fun in Kew Gardens together!!!

I loved every minute of it!!!

Sharing is having more

The best way 
to multiply your happiness
is to share it with others.

Haiku

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This post is for my Cornish Blogger friend Sally.

Referring to my last post from Kew, Sally asked about the Haikus in Kew Gardens – she would love to read them all. I saw them written in Japanese.

I went back to Kew, back to the Haikus and looked closer.

Happy to say ….I did find a Haiku written in English 🙂

So here is one for you, Sally ♥

Bees happily hum
Wisteria vines strangle
Days bleed into night.

Kew Gardens 17th Smile – Japanese Festival

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As the seasons change – Kew Garden does too. We went to the Japanese Festival in Kew.

Japanese Gateway
God's beauty never ends.
We just need to take time to open our eyes to see it,
to feel it and to experience all it can be. 

Laura D Field

In the Temperate house we saw Art work

‘A thousand Springs’ from Chiharu Shiota.

5000 Haikus – in Japanese – referencing nature – suspended on red threads

while listening to beautiful music by a Japanese composer.

5000 Haiku suspended in a web of red threads

The Chalk Garden was a mixture of chalky English limestone and beautiful Japanese planting.

We saw colours with Bonsai Trees

I’ll leave you with a Japanese proverb

One who smiles 
rather than rages 
is always stronger.

Wishing everyone a great weekend !