Kew Gardens in May

I only briefly visited Kew Gardens yesterday morning, this time to see the Azalea Garden and the Order Beds (to get some ideas for our own garden). Unfortunately, while the azaleas were still looking good, some blossoms had begun to fade and they looked as if they won't last too much longer.

It may be May now, but it could almost be a month later; this is like summer already. The weather has been warm and very dry recently, and you can see the effects.

The Palm House, Kew Gardens
A classic view of the Palm House at Kew - 4 May 2011

Holm Oak, Kew Gardens
A holm oak (Quercus ilex), one of the trees lining the Syon Vista - 4 May 2011

Kew Gardens in May
The Azalea Garden - 4 May 2011

Bench in the Azalea Garden, Kew Gardens
A bench in the Azalea Garden - 4 May 2011

Peonies, Kew Gardens
Peonies (Paeonia officinalis var. rubra) in the Order Beds - 4 May 2011

Queen Anne's Lace at the Temple of Aeolus, Kew Gardens
Queen Anne's Lace at the Temple of Aeolus - 4 May 2011

There are more pictures in this Flickr set: Kew Gardens 04/05/2011