96. Kew Gardens

Morning! I am feeling perky and refreshed after a couple of days offline and surrounded by beautiful nature at the meet up at RHS Wisley and a trip to Kew Gardens. Speaking of Wisley, many thanks to Charly, Kriss and Victoria for coming along and making the day so lovely. I've so many photos from the day, a couple of posts worth at least so for this weeks HDYGG I'm sharing some photos from Kew Gardens, mainly from the Waterlily House.

Waterlily House, Kew Gardens

Waterlily House, Kew Gardens

Waterlilies at Kew Gardens

Waterlilies at Kew Gardens

Waterlily at Kew Gardens

Waterlily at Kew Gardens

Waterlily House, Kew Gardens

Waterlily House, Kew Gardens

The Waterlily House, built in 1852, is a square glazed structure within which you can find a 36 ft wide circular pond. Built specifically to showcase the giant Amazon waterlily, it features ironwork by Richard Turner who had built Kew's Palm House in the preceding decade. At the time it was built, the Waterlily House was the widest single-span glasshouse in the world. It's impressive now sitting in the shadows of the vast Palm House, so I can only imagine how grand it must have seemed to people back in the 19th century.

Waterlily at Kew Gardens

Waterlily at Kew Gardens

Waterlily at Kew Gardens

Waterlily at Kew Gardens

I fell a bit in love with these flecked leaves in the Waterlily House at Kew Gardens

I fell a bit in love with these flecked leaves in the Waterlily House at Kew Gardens

I appreciate this next photo is pretty lonnnng but it shows just how huge the lily pads are -  Ozzy could have led down in one they are so big. Really breathtaking to see something floating on that scale.

Waterlily House, Kew Gardens

Waterlily House, Kew Gardens

It was too hot a day to linger in the Palm House, so we strolled briskly through. I'd love to go back here later in the year.

The Palm House, Kew Gardens

The Palm House, Kew Gardens

The Palm House, Kew Gardens

The Palm House, Kew Gardens

Over in the Princess of Wales Conservatory...

Hanging orchids at Kew Gardens in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Hanging orchids at Kew Gardens in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

I wish I'd taken the name of this plant down

I wish I'd taken the name of this plant down

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Finally I leave you with Grow Wild - Flowers to the People (check them out on Twitter @GrowWildUK). "Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Grow Wild is an exciting four-year programme that will bring people together to sow UK native wild flowers. Grow Wild believes that together we can transform and bring colour to where we live: turning unloved spaces into wildlife-friendly wild flower havens."

I was stunned reading on their website that we have lost 97% of wild flower meadows since the 1930s, that's a staggering figure. If you get a moment do head over and see what they are doing to change that. You can browse the community projects in different areas of the UK that they are involved with too.

Grow Wild - Flowers to the People

Grow Wild - Flowers to the People

Wild flowers at Kew Gardens

Wild flowers at Kew Gardens

Wild flowers at Kew Gardens

Wild flowers at Kew Gardens

I don't know about you but I think those wild flowers are the most beautiful ones in this post.

Many thanks to all who joined in last week, my round up of favourite photos from the 63nd edition of HDYGG can be found here. I also loved the, the browse around CondΓ©-sur-Noireau's floral displays , the  and the NGS post (I do love a nose in other people's gardens!)