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Nice to Meet Kew

2 Apr

Has it really been a month since I last updated?! (No, I know – I’m such a bad blogger.) Time is really starting to fly by, so much as happened since then! This will be another short post, but I will be trying to make an effort to post more frequently. Okay let’s recap from my last post about moving back down to London from Edinburgh.

Here is the scene from the morning the day I left.

Here is the scene from the morning the day I left.

Once again, I packed up my entire life and headed out to Waverley Station and caught the next train to London. After a five and a half hour ride through the British countryside and an hour commute across London, I made it to my accommodation in Isleworth where I will be living for the next two months while I do my placement at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

With my first day at Kew I was greeted by huge swatches of fresh daffodils cheerfully popping up in the lawns.

With my first day at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew I was greeted by huge swatches of fresh daffodils cheerfully popping up in the lawns.

When I made it to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on my first day the flowers were at least two weeks of Edinburgh: the snowdrops were basically finished and daffodils and camellias were beginning to put on a show. While life was starting to stir again outside, I slipped into the the Princess of Wales Conservatory was transported into a lush tropical paradise. I just made it for the the tail end of the Orchids 2014 show and the main tropical room was awash with vibrant colors and alluring scents.

A part of the displays at the Orchids show at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

A part of the displays at the Orchids 2014 show at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The Alpine House also had many bulbs coming into bloom as well, so I just had to pop in for a quick look. Much like the Princess of Wales Conservatory the Alpine House was also popping with color and delicious fragrances abound.

The Alpine House may look a bit odd, but its modern design helps provide the alpine plants with the right temperatures and light levels.

The Alpine House may look a bit odd, but its modern design helps provide the alpine plants with the right temperatures and light levels.

I love delicate and wonderfully scented Narcissus jonquilla and luckily there were dotted about and in full bloom.

I love delicate and wonderfully scented Narcissus jonquilla, and luckily they were dotted about and in full bloom.

This froth of pale-blue stars belongs to Scilla messeniana.

This froth of pale-blue stars belongs to Scilla messeniana.

For the entire month of March I was placed with the Arboretum Department where I was helping with preparing the different sections of the Arboretum for spring and summer. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos, but I will include some later. Currently I am working in Tropical Nursery and for the final week in April I will have a week in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

The magnolias were at there prime for the past couple of weeks, but unluckily there was a light frost and the blossoms on many trees got singed.

The magnolias were at there prime for the past couple of weeks, but unluckily there was a light frost and the blossoms on many trees got singed.

A friend from Seattle visited me in mid-March and on one of our days out we stopped by the Columbia Road Flower Market to see what it was all about. The flower market is only opened on Sundays and little did we know how packed it would be. It’s amazing to see a flower market crammed with so many people! (Plus I think the sunny weather also played a big hand in that.) It was amazing surrounded by so many plants and cut flowers, and all around the voices of flower merchants shouting out hourly deals filled the already humming atmosphere.

I've never seen a flower market so packed!

I’ve never seen a flower market so packed!

I know that wasn’t very substantial, I will be back with a post on the Tropical Nursery. Happy Spring and talk to you all soon!

 

 

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20 Mar

Primula

Today is ‘officially’ the first day of spring and to celebrate I went out yesterday to take photos. (Yesterday morning was sunny, while today heavy rains and gusts are slamming western Washington.) Both day and night are equal today and from here on out days will only get longer. This is what both gardeners and plants dream of during the long, cold nights of winter. It’s also Persian New Year – Happy Nowruz!

A freebie Anemone coronaria blooming again this year.

A freebie Anemone coronaria blooming again this year.

I took home three freebie Anemone coronaria about three years ago and planted them with the Muscari armeniacum patch in the south bed of the front garden. Their return in spring every year always surprising, but delightful. Though only one came up this year and I think it maybe the, now drift, Muscari is choking them out. Either way I hope this one sticks around.

It’s amazing what a little bit of warmth and sun can do in the garden. For the past week we’ve been having warmer temperatures, scattered showers, and sun breaks here and there. These conditions encourage sleeping perennials to push up out of the ground and leafy weeds to flourish. Remember Primula denticulata in my last post? The flowers were all huddling in its clentched leaves for warmth, but now there are multiple wands of soft lilac pompoms raising up above fresh lettucy leaves – scrumptious!

Primula denticulata in bloom with more inflorescences on the way.

Primula denticulata in bloom with more inflorescences on the way.

I need to rush off to work, so it’ll be a short post today. But here are a few more photos:

Anemone sylvestris stretching up and out of the ground.

Anemone sylvestris stretching up and out of the ground.

Two of the many daffodils to come.

Two of the many daffodils to come.

Here is my small patch of Viola odorata 'Queen Charlotte' in full bloom.

Here is my small patch of Viola odorata ‘Queen Charlotte’ in full bloom.

See you next time!

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