Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Finally Finding the Isabella Plantation

In my five years in London, I had never been to the Isabella Plantation. I had wanted to visit, but it had always been a bit too far away. Richmond Park is big, and feels even bigger when you've already spent the day walking along the river, or around Kew Gardens... This was why I didn't make it last year, either; I just took the boat back to Westminster instead (travelling in style).

I had wanted to see the Plantation in May, when it's supposed to look the best–so I waited another year, and finally went last weekend. It really is an amazing place, like I had imagined, and what I loved was that it felt like exploring a secret, forgotten world.
The azaleas and rhododendrons are in flower at this time of year, and they do not only look stunning, so very colourful, but they fill the garden with a lovely sweet scent as well. I was happy to see the bluebells in bloom, too; with all these other colours around, this is probably the prettiest bluebell walk that I've seen.

Isabella Plantation
The Still Pond - 30 April 2011

Isabella Plantation
Azalea light and colour reflections on the water - 30 April 2011

Isabella Plantation
Azalea walk - 30 April 2011

Isabella Plantation
Bluebell walk - 30 April 2011

Isabella Plantation
Rhododendron blossoms - 30 April 2011

More pictures can be found in this Flickr set: Isabella Plantation

5 comments:

  1. Spring in Isabella Plantation is so beautiful!
    It was autumn when I was there - I only saw heather.
    Have you been to Epping Forest?
    Just wondering if I would to find sea of bluebells there...

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  2. I have not been to Epping Forest yet, but I've read about the bluebells there--apparently Linder's Field is a good place to see them.

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  3. Gorgeous! I'm heading to Richmond (Petersham Nurseries) today so might have time to visit here too.

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  4. Beautiful colour combinations and lovely photos. If I lived nearer London I would definitely be paying a visit to the Isabella Plantation.

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  5. skirmishofwit, funny; I was at Petersham Nurseries yesterday, too! (Went there after a visit to Kew and walk along the Twickenham riverside, no Richmond Park for me, that would have been too much.) Did you go to the plantation?

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