|The majestic Victorian Palm House|
|Peonies were blooming gloriously everywhere--this one probably P. rockii--which thrives for us too. Notice an elegant structure in the far upper right? We shall revisit that anon!|
|I think this one was labeled 'P. anomala'--very different from ours.|
|A nice combo of Epimedium and Bergenia|
|Labelled B. ciliata (possibly a hybrid?)|
|I love the combo of Hosta and Ornithogalum (undoubtedly O. umbellata)|
|A Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)|
|Disporum longistylum (a spectacular plant!)|
|Arisaema "consanguineum" in full bloom in a garden with mostly Vietnamese taxa|
|More great combos in the woodland garden--Prosartes (formerly Disporum( smithii from the Pacific woodlands of North America.|
|A breathtaking cultivar of Paeonia suffruticosa|
|Tony Hall--the grand Guru of Kew's alpines--posing before the Queen of Irises|
|Iris cycloglossa in full glory!|
|Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'|
|Tom Freeth, Manager of Rock Garden and Alpine House collections|
|The grand old rock garden is full of lovely views|
|Even the non-flowering bits are lovely: probably New Zealand collections?|
T.F.: Yes definitely NZ/Aus in the picture you took! Hakea lissosperma in the middle
|A stunning Rhodiola macrocarpa|
|A spectacular Helianthemum sp. which I forgot to note the name of. The white on the left is Arenaria tetraquetra or something lose.|
|Prunus tomentosa 'Alba Plena'|
|A wonderful mixture of colors here--The red of course is Paeonia tenuifolia and a white thrift. Lots of blue specs in there too: very patriotic!|
|Iris pallida var. illyrica|
|Gladiolus aff. papilio very early in the season...|
|Asphodeline lutea on the left and various other Mediterranean brooms and herbs.|
Had to share a second picture!
|Iberis cr sempervirens and a fantastic mass of c/yclamen graecum foliage|
|Aloe again, and chartreuse Euphorbia cf spinosa|
Wonderful combinations of textures!
|Tanacetum densum v. amani|
|Scilla peruviana and Iris sabina|
|Anthyllis erinacea (or Erinacea pungens)|
I keep coming back to the damn Aloe...
|MORE Cyclamen graecum|
|Homeria sp. (now Gladiolus)|
|The jet set Alpine House!|
|Haberlea rhodopensis and an Ibrris|
The view of the waterfall is truly an amazing tour-de-force in artistic landscape design: a perfect evocation of a mountain scene.
|Astragalus lusitanicus ssp. orientalis|
|Eriogonum umbellatum ssp. majus|
This stopped me in my tracks: what a superb planting of our native east coast rarity!
|Phlox douglasii 'Rosea'|
|Fritillaria affinis middle, Eriogonum umbellatum v. majus in back|
We have hypertufa. Kew has stone.
|Agave montana (left( and A. havardiana left|
A rather peculiar note to end on: perhaps not really an end--I have a lot of pictures of the Alpine House, and lots of pictures of shrub plantings, the enormous and imposing "Broad Borders"--which are really in peak bloom in summer. In the past I have photographed endlessly in the greenhouses as well--no time for that this year.
When I first visited I felt the horticulture at Kew (however wonderful) was step-child to the enormous scope of their scientific endeavors. Decades of draconian budget cuts have made an impact on the science--but ironically charging more for visitors attending (it was a pence in the old days!) has elevated the horticulture there (one has to justify the visitor experience!). I have never seen RBG Kew looking so resplendent and with so many superbly grown plants. They have raised the bar!