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.
The Still Pond - 30 April 2011
Azalea light and colour reflections on the water - 30 April 2011
Azalea walk - 30 April 2011
Bluebell walk - 30 April 2011
Rhododendron blossoms - 30 April 2011
More pictures can be found in this Flickr set: Isabella Plantation