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Trip with Rita to see the newly opened Hive on a sunny day in a cold and rainy week



Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'


Kniphofia - orange red-hot poker


Centaurea montana alba

The Hive surrounded by wildflower 'downs'

From below the installation

Part of the wildflower mix

From the platform to the dome of the hive

Through the platform floor

Ricinus communis- -such glossy and textured leaves


Exotic border outside the Princess Diana Glasshouse

inside the glasshouse

Grevillea 'Coastal Sunset'

Everlasting daisies - surprisingly scented

Bomarea hirtella

Plantlets coming from the veins

Giant Waterlily - Victoria amazonica


Pink flowered Nelumbo nucifera - sacred  lotus

White flowered Nelumbo nucifera - sacred  lotus

Aechmea 'Blue Rain'

Butterfly Pea - Clitoria ternatea

Temperate waterlily

Sea lavender

in the Alpine House

Ptilotus manglesii


Leuzea conifera

Lilium auratum

Lilium speciosum

Arisaema consanguineum?

Eucomis vandermerwei

Amorphophalos kiusianus

Stone Pine

Pinus pinea - Stone Pine, the propped up tree

Originally owned by Princess Augusta who kept it in a pot before it was planted out.   This restricted the growth and unlike wild stone pines it has lots of low spreading branches.

It began to tilt after losing a limb in a 1926 snowstorm, so was propped up.   It lost three more main branches in storms in 2013

Pine before 2013 storms

Stumps for Matthew

Bedding outside the Palm House, spot plant  on the right

Cestrum elegans 'knippianten'

In the Palm House

Pendant heliconia - parrot beaks or lobster claws