Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 06/02/2011

A Study In Scarlet


An elementary image Dear Reader, (as Holmes would say) but a pleasing one none the less, or at least I think so!

Today, despite the melancholic skies still being grey and overcast we made our first visit to Kew Gardens since October 2008. At one time it seemed we were there every other weekend, but having let our membership lapse we turned out focus to other days out nearby.

It was great to be back, and whilst the majority of the plants were not in bloom, it was more than made up for by the Tropical Extravaganza event being held in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Divided into ten different climatic areas, the main room was impressively bedecked in all manner of exotic blooms, and more Orchids than I’ve ever seen there ever before. Not only did the dazzling colours hit you as you walked into the incredibly humid atmosphere, so did the aroma of these wonderful plants. Probably the most impressive and revered of all plants, however, was an innocuous looking bush with large orange seed pods, the cacao plant from which chocolate is derived.

So with a new membership for the year, and to quote Sherlock again, “the Game is a foot”


Responses

  1. Wow that is stunning! Out of interest do you know what plant it was?

    • Some form of bromeliad, saw so many today should have made a note of all their names. Thanks for the kind words.


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