Monday, 27 June 2011

Summer Teas at St Anne's on Kew Green

Summer Teas at St Anne's, Kew Green
People having tea in the churchyard, watching the cricket on the green - 26 June 2011

Kew Green is Kew's old village green, and it very much still feels like a village green these days. It's surrounded by Georgian houses and nice pubs, and it has a pretty church and a cricket pitch.

On summer Sundays, you can experience one of these great little things that London can offer there (and for me, as a German, it's something very English):
From 15:00 to 17:00, St Anne's is serving Summer Teas in the church hall. You can sit in the old churchyard among the gravestones, enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and watch the cricket match on the Green.

(There's music in the church, too; this year's program is available as a PDF here.)

Kew Green is about ten minutes' walk from Kew Bridge and Kew Gardens stations, from where the 391 bus will also take you there.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

An Evening at Kew Gardens

I like going to Kew Gardens early, when it opens at 9:30. Today, I went in the late afternoon, early evening–the summer closing time on weekends is 19:30. I loved the gardens in the evening light, a great ending to a great day.

Kew Gardens
A bench near the lake - 26 June 2011

The Redwood Grove, Kew Gardens
Pine trees, near the Redwood Grove - 26 June 2011

The Lily Pond, Kew Gardens
The Lily Pond - 26 June 2011

The Temple of Bellona, Kew Gardens
The Temple of Bellona - 26 June 2011

The Rock Garden and Davies Alpine House, Kew Gardens
The Rock Garden and Davies Alpine House - 26 June 2011

The Rock Garden, Kew Gardens
The Rock Garden - 26 June 2011

More photos in this Flickr set: Kew Gardens 26/06/2011

Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Duke's Garden

The Duke's Garden is one of the lesser-known corners of Kew, overlooked by many visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

This walled garden formerly was the private garden for Cambridge Cottage, once residence of 1st Duke of Cambridge, after whom the house and its garden take their names. They became part of the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1904. Cambridge Cottage now houses the Kew Gardens Gallery.

The garden features large lawns and seasonal beds, which are looking very colourful at this time of the year. It is also home to a lavender collection.

More information is available on Kew Gardens' website:

The Duke's Garden, Kew Gardens
The Duke's Garden, with Cambridge Cottage in the background - 24 June 2011

The Duke's Garden, Kew Gardens
Seasonal flower beds - 24 June 2011

The Duke's Garden, Kew Gardens
Looking towards the entrance to the garden - 24 June 2011

Lavender at Kew
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote') - 24 June 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Summer Flowers on Hampstead Heath

Wild Flowers on Hampstead Heath
Wildflowers at the pond on the Tumulus Field - 21 June 2011

There are some cheerful splashes of summer colour on Hampstead Heath, too. My favourite flowers there at the moment are these cornfield wildflowers at the new pond on the Tumulus Field, and the foxgloves at the Sphagnum Bog on the West Meadow.

Foxgloves on Hampstead Heath
Foxgloves at the Sphagnum Bog on the West Meadow - 21 June 2011

Foxgloves on Hampstead Heath
Foxgloves in the afternoon light - 21 June 2011

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Gardens at Ham House

I made my first proper visit to the gardens at Ham House last week, a place that I'd been to a couple of times before, but that I hadn't properly explored yet. I didn't visit the house (this is for a rainy day), but had a good look around the gardens, which I thought were lovely. I particularly liked the Orangery Kitchen Garden, with its pretty seasonal flowers, and the hidden corners of the Wilderness.

I would definitely like to visit again, at a different time of the year–I imagine this would be good place to see in autumn, too, especially the Cherry Garden (where there are no cherries anymore, but lavender and santolina, which have recently been replanted).

For more information on Ham House and Gardens, see the National Trust's website.

Ham House
The south side of Ham House, seen from the Wilderness - 14 June 2011

Ham House seen from the Kitchen Garden
The house seen from the Orangery Kitchen Garden - 14 June 2011

Poppies in the Garden at Ham House
Lilac poppies in the Orangery Kitchen Garden - 14 June 2011

Ham House
Another view of the house seen from the Wilderness - 14 June 2011

Summer House in the Wilderness Garden at Ham House
A summer house in the Wilderness Garden - 14 June 2011

Roses in the Garden at Ham House
A rose in the Wilderness Garden - 14 June 2011

More photos can be found in this Flickr set: Ham House and Gardens

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Summer Colours at Kew

I loved spring in Kew Gardens this year–especially the crocuses, daffodils, magnolias and lilacs–but when I visited the gardens in May, I was a bit sad that I'd missed the best of some of the other spring blooms.

Now, June has made up for it with some glorious summer colours–I've found them at the Rose Pergola and Order Beds, and in the Duke's Garden, where there are many cottage garden flowers blooming; and I absolutely loved the poppy field near the Orangery (sometimes it's the simple things, isn't it?).

The Rose Pergola at Kew
The Rose Pergola - 14 June 2011

The Rose Pergola at Kew
The Temple of Aeolus seen from the Rose Pergola and Order Beds - 14 June 2011

Rose at the Rose Pergola at Kew
Rose 'Chevy Chase', with the Order Beds and Temple in the background - 14 June 2011

Roses and Sweet Peas at Kew
Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana') at the Rose Pergola - 14 June 2011

Lavender and Sage in the Duke's Garden at Kew
Lavender and sage in the Duke's Garden - 14 June 2011

Lavender in the Duke's Garden at Kew
Lavender in the Duke's Garden - 14 June 2011

Poppies and the Orangery at Kew
Poppies at the Orangery - 14 June 2011

Poppies at Kew
Poppy field (near the Orangery) - 14 June 2011

Poppies at Kew
Poppy at Kew Gardens - 14 June 2011

More photos can be found in this Flickr set: Kew Gardens 14/06/2011