After a rather mild old time of it, winter recently took hold at Kew with freezing temperatures and delightfully snowy landscapes! There have been some truly wonderful sights to behold, but surely the highlight at this time of year is taking joy in the detail; for example the beauty of some standing dead or the colours of a tiny flowering bulb, which may look like the most delicate thing in the garden but is in fact the hardiest. Tulip stems have cheerfully poked through the parterres in front of the Palm House, offering hope and the chance to dream of an early spring! Doubtless another cold snap is lurking just around the corner, lead pipe in hand and waiting patiently to smother such optimism, but until such time we shall proceed blissfully in a haze of positivity and glorious sunshine!
|The old Palm House seen over the pond, thankfully it’s warm inside!|
|Snow settles on the unheated Alpine House, with the Rock Garden coated below|
|This is Syon Vista I was jabbering on about earlier, leading away from the Palm House to the River Thames|
|The snow begins to melt…|
|The snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii, is one of the most welcome sights at this time of year!|
|Over in the Apline House, Narcissus papyraceus var. polyanthos, forms one of the many potted bulb displays|
|One of the best displays this winter in the Alpine House has been Scilla maderensis! Seen here in the Alpine Nursery, these beauties are somewhat more imposing than the little blue chaps that self-seed around English gardens|
|Out on the Rock Garden, Cyclamen coum subsp. coum|
|The Winter Aconite, Eranthis hyemalis, is amongst the most colourful of the tiny winter bulbs|
|Out in the Arboretum, the Helleborus orientalis cultivars are flowering away, as always, the stoical blighters. What wonderful plants!|
|Helleborus argutifolius is an outstanding species, with excellent, spiny foliage|
The Grass Garden is admittedly looking rather tatty compared to its late-summer glory, but nevertheless is still jolly exciting!
|The witch hazel bed is undoubtedly the most colourful area of the Kew Arboretum, with a huge array of Hamamelis species flowering their socks off! H. x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ seen here|
|Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Barmstedt Gold’ is another cultivar. ‘Cheese-string jewels!’|