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kew tropical nursery open day

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The Cullens went down to Kew by the 1st Capital Connect and the Overground, apart from having to
change trains at Willesden Junction all went well.   The gps map above enlarges

Seagull on the Dog of Foo

Look at the perfection of the beds ready for the spring bedding

The weather did not look promising on arrival

The Falcon of the Plantagenets was first used by Edward III as his badge.   It descended to Edward IV, who took it as his personal badge, the falcon being seated within an open fetterlock or padlock.   The slightly open fetterlock (which can be seen on the shield) is supposed to refer to the struggle Edward IV had to ascend the throne - he forced the lock and won the throne.

The Queen's Beasts - Each of these ten beasts was once used as an heraldic badge by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth's forbears and together they symbolise the various strands of the royal ancestry.   The plaster originals were made by Mr. James Woodford OBE RA and placed in front of Westminster Abbey annexe for the coronation of her Majesty in 1953.   These replicas in Portland Stone are by the same sculptor and were presented in 1956 by an anonymous donor.

Wonderful display of pumpkins

This enlarges enough to read the names - these are the pumpkins featuring in the Pumpkin pyramid on the right.   The recipes below also enlarge enough to be read

Pumpkin pyramid

It's a small fox!

Crown of thorns

Cool Pumpkin

Crocus speciosus - autumn crocus

George 111's house

Turks cap

Solarised chanterelle

solarised morels

Fairy ring of assorted British fungi

On the hill

The fairy ring - morels in front

A Parasol and friends

Is it a lion?

Orchids in the tropical nursery behind glass which caused problems

Vase plant

Habenaria -detail below



Abutilon striatum


Nepenthes bicalcarata

Nepenthes bicalcarata

Apricot shades

Rosa 'Jubilee Celebrations'

Encephalartos ferox


Palms in the Palm House


Zingiber spectabile


Pipe fish


Heteroconger hassi - Spotted garden eel

Sea horse

Upside-down jelly fish

Sea cucumber

Towards the glass house

Prunus leaves


Raised walkway

Temperate House

Japanese garden

Pagoda with raked gravel

Sugar maple leaves

Sugar maple

Tricyrtis - toad lily

The weather improved over our visit, being lovely by the end of the day