Post by bixaorellana on Sept 25, 2017 16:59:50 GMT
So happy to see these pictures, Mick. Obviously Kew is wonderful in all seasons. Did your grandson get that overview shot (1st one in #93) from the Pagoda? I didn't walk all the way over there when I went, but now am wishing I had.
The rose garden at the back of the Palm House was in full swing and the scent reached us long before we got there -
One of the main reasons we went was to see the Temperate House, a Grade 1 listed building, which has had 5 years of renovation and it didn't disappoint. The only shame was that the very mature planting had all been swept away and replaced by brash newcomers -
It was certainly in glorious form for your visit, Mick. Happy to see the alpine house and the rock garden again through your eyes. I went & looked at my own Kew report from two years ago to compare it to what you saw on your recent visit, since mine was at the same time of year. I'm thrilled to know that the roses are still giving their all. I see the rather prissy but effective planting outside the Palm House is more or less the same.
Of course the newly renovated Temperate House is wonderful to see. When I was there it was so clad in scaffolding, plastic, & security fencing that I couldn't even get a sense of the magnificent building. But yeah -- brash newcomers indeed! It looks as though someone was sent out at the last minute before the unveiling to pick up a bunch of house plants from the supermarket and a few tough little items from the garden center. Still, it's open again and the display will undoubtedly get better over time. The building itself is absolutely wonderful.
Thanks for the great pictures and this very enjoyable update.