Sunday, 18 October 2009

Colours and textures at Kew

Today I returned to Kew in my quest for winter gardens and I realised that I could happily spend the entire winter in the glasshouses! Many of you asked me to show you the trees and I promise to do that in a future entry, but I'm going to let today's pictures speak for themselves.

None of these pictures have been retouched, although I was using a telephoto lens. I'm afraid I don't know all the names of the plants, but please do let me know - the first three pictures were taken in the Waterlily House; the last three were taken in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.







23 comments:

  1. Kew is on my "fantasy list" for a visit in the next couple of years! Your photos make that idea even more tempting!

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  2. Oh, the water lilies and cacti are beautiful! I would love to visit Kew Gardens sometime.

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  3. Oh --grand photos!!!!! I love the first one especially.

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  4. In awe of your lovely photos!

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  5. What gorgeous pictures! I love the waterlilies.

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  6. Brilliant Post Lottie. I love the contrast of the stamens and prickly thorns... the softness of sepals and ouch of cacti. The colors are wonderful too. Great photos all. Carol

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  7. Kew Gardens looks like garden heaven. Your photos are gorgeous.

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  8. These are splendid. Isn't it funny how one feels sometimes the need to disclaim photo shopping? LOL I often feel the same way when by chance something comes out as beautifully as your's have.

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  9. I just love all of these macros. The flowers are so gorgeous!

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  10. wow.........kew garden, my favorite.......water lillies are awsome :)

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  11. I love those waterlilies, they are so gorgeous.
    That last pic. Is it a swan plant, balloon plant? It look so cute in this collection.

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  12. water lilies are my favorite flowers and the ones you showed are just exquisite. I am so delighted to see these blooms. Cacti are also looking gorgeous.

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  13. So beautiful flowers! First two especialy. What is it on the last one?

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  14. Yes, that's what I want to know too. What's that prickly lime globe in the last photo? Beautiful photos.

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  15. I am a Kew regular & love the place. Have just posted some pictures of my visit last week. Although I took water lily pics I didn't post them. Perhaps I should!

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  16. OK, the last one is called Asclepias. Guess what, another South African! Can be planted to encourage butterflies. And also because flower arrangers love it!

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  17. I've never been to Kew yet, and this makes me strengthen my resolve to go!

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  18. The tropical water lilies at Kew are always amazing, including the leaves. Thank heavens for glasshouses at this time of year - not only exotic but warm too!

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  19. Wonderful textures and oh those colours! Superb pictures. Make my mouth water! Val

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  20. gorgeous photos - the barrel cactus is the epitome of texture!!

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  21. Colors, textures and shapes - everything is here!

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