Friday, 16 October 2009

Just look at these lilies!

My search for winter gardens took me to London today - to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. It was a grey and cloudy day, but I found such joy in the Waterlily House that I shall be returning again and again! Just look at these blooms below ....






















































But the Waterlily House is just a tiny part of the gardens at Kew, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and I shall be returning many times this winter to all the different glasshouses and galleries. The gardens at Kew stretch over 300 acres; include more than 14,000 trees; and have something for every season; so I shall be returning here throughout the winter - and in the meantime, this is how the leaves are looking ....

19 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, water lilies are such beautiful flowers!

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  2. The water lilies are beautiful. Some, I have never seen before. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Kew is my favorite garden in the world. I hope you post some of the trees.

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  4. your photos are absolutely spectacular! I have very much enjoyed my visit...thanks for the warm welcome to blotanical...I'm already glad I joined!

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  5. Hi Tiggerlot~~ I saw a video on Kew years ago. A spectacular place and a true testament to the British and their gardening prowess. Congrats on 250 years. Amazing!

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  6. Lovely. The water lilies are beautiful.

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  7. The colors in these lilies are gorgeous. My favorite is the 2nd picture.

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  8. I lost sight of my water lilies when the hiacynth took over. I think they're still in there. I agree with Jim. I hope you post more of those trees. They are amazing.

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  9. Most beautiful water lilies. And the autumn shot is beautiful. Have heard much about Kew. Wish I could be there some day!

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  10. I think one of the reasons we find water lilies so fascinating is that they are out of reach in the middle of a pond. They are beautiful!

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  11. These are beautiful and you took fabulous pictures of them! I wish I had visited Kew when I was in England.

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  12. Lovely photos. i bet Kew is amazing with the Autumn colours I don't think I have been in Autumn but mainly spring and summer.

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  13. Lilies are so stunning that they look surreal.
    Looking forward to more of the gardens at Kew.

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  14. Wow, gorgeous. I love the waterlilies. The third looks like a giant aster, I haven't seen a waterlily that looked like that before. It's beautiful.

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  15. What delicate colors and each corolla so varied in how they fall around the lily center. Lovely... Lovely! Beautiful Photos! Happy 250 Kew!

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  16. These water lilies are gorgeous. Some I have seen before. I have heard a lot about Kew Gardens. Charlotte, you are so lucky to be able to visit it and I am so lucky you could share this with us. Cheers!

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  17. I could spend the whole winter just looking at your photos ... what beautiful gardens, what beautiful shots.

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  18. What incredible forms the waterlilies take. Gorgeous. Love the maple colours, too.

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