Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Day Out at Kew Gardens

Mrs Nikos' hand, a yellow flower and a leaf with resident ladybird

A lonesome olive tree about 2000 miles from home

A fruit (name forgotten) hanging from a Silkwormlunch tree (native of Peleponissos - S. Greece)

A pair of counterfeit Ray Bans nestling in a convenient hollow of a pinus

A Kenco coffee bush in full fruit - a rare find at Northern latitudes

The Palm House - a rusting example of Victorian Mecano

Kew Gardens is a typical example of what is fine and worthy in England - an expensive car park, followed by an expensive entrance fee followed by a walk around excellent gardens and glass houses. During the walk one will encounter many screaming kids and confused geriatrics. Of paramount importance is the regularity of tea rooms serving cake of the highest calorific order.


  1. Nikos,
    This is a very enjoyable post but also very realistic in the way you describe how they financially bleed you to visit and become hyperactive.
    Great Photography mate

  2. Wonderful photos Nikos, I simply love taking photos of flowers and insects, got loads, yours are exceptional, great post..

  3. I'm blushing here and thanks all for the positive's mainly that I found the "macro" button on the camera and realised that you need to use it as far away as 30cm from the little critters and stamens and things -:)

    Cheers me dears.

  4. mulberry tree (mournia) (i love this fruit)

    grating - like we do with cheese to put on our macaroni
    squeezing - like we do with a sponge to remove the water
    (zucchinis have a lot of liquid)

  5. by the way, when i visited kew gdns with my family a couple of years ago, we had an online voucher which allowed us to enter at half price. but i agree about the tea rooms and the children - as if the main point of the outing was to enjoys expensive scones and earl grey...

  6. Maria
    Mulberry, mouria - thanks!
    We feasted on these - a little compensation for the £13 entrance fee - Some years ago - I am told - it cost 1p to enter Kew!

  7. Nikos:

    Thank you for the greek poem. I have visited before but this is the first time I am leaving a comment. I'm not very good at growing things and I leave gardening for others with more patience. No green thumb for me.

    Glad you found the "macro" button. Very nice photos

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

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  9. Hi there Nikos - glad I found this blog. It's really great, but a small correction: any fine and worthy English attraction likely to be patronised by geriatrics requires, in addition to tea-rooms, toilets. ie loos, wcs, lavatories, khazis, bogs or Johns. Queues there are likely to be longer than for the tea-and-scones - particularly just after the Wilfreda Beehive coach from Wombwell arrives....

  10. Affer, you are absolutely correct and spot on. We stood in the Ladies loo line by mistake thinking that it led to the cafeteria (all profits used for scientific research).

    Bobskoot, you are welcome!


  11. Mullberry...mullberrytree.....;O) 3 diverent sorts there in Kew´s!!


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