Orchids at Kew – last call….

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What a stunning array of orchids, the display ends this weekend, don’t miss the chance to see such beauty.

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The Orchid Festival at Kew ends this Sunday – 9th March – and if you can get there, it comes highly recommended. And it is at least 21 degrees centigrade in there, with a tropical soundtrack to boot. Gorgeous.


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Golden Snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis ‘Sandersii’

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The first sign of life after the winter months! One of my favorite flowers

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Four tough little things, these golden-yellow snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis ‘Sandersii’

I confess at first I thought these were just a little anaemic but closer inspection proved their yellow markings were just as they should be. Plenty of snowdrop varieties have come through in the Rock Garden at Kew and many deserve a closer look. It is handy where they are growing on ledges at some height off the ground – just that little bit easier to take in each tiny detail, a little more comfortably.

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Snowdrops, hellebores, crocus, winter aconites … Kew Gardens

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A little hint at Spring trying to come through. Snowdrops one of my favorite and crocus’s. Taken at Kew Gardens by the amazing photographer and gardener “The Teddington Gardener”

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New growth is pushing up through the dark earth, fresh flowers taking advantage of the leafless tree canopy overhead and searching for sunlight. Snowdrops, yellow winter aconites, the earliest oriental hellebores and the first few crocus of the season. All here at Kew – and there is more to come – carpets of crocus (they have planted hundreds of thousands of bulbs in the grass), Squills (Scilla), Puschkinia, Narcissus and daffodils, Tulips, Fritillarias, Muscari and Iris reticulata, bluebells, Erythroniums and Camassias and …

Cyclamen coum were out in force too, adding light and deep pinks and whites to the mix, over heart-shaped leaves. I’m sure I took some photos, though they may not have made the final ‘edit’…

All in all, a suitable subject matter – such febrile activity, colour bursting through fertile ground – for this (drum roll please) my

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