This is where I admit that I had never visited Kew Gardens. I have wanted to for many years. I have driven past it a few times, I have thought about it often, I even got as far as making plans to go in 2020 and then, yes of course, the pandemic saw to that plan good and proper. So when a friend said 'let's go on an adventure together, let's go and visit a garden - I want to see the orchids at Kew', well I would have been ridiculous to have said no.
This is also where I admit that for some bizarre reason I thought Kew was harder to get to then it is. This I cannot explain at all, there is even a tube station close by, yet in my head it was going to be a complicated journey. One very easy journey later and we were there. It was a lovely winter's afternoon. The weather was mildish and there was some sun. This was as good as could be hoped for. We knew we hadn't got lots of time so we had a quick sandwich for lunch and made our plans. Temperate House first and we were booked into the Orchid Festival mid afternoon, anything after that would be a bonus.
and in amongst our general chatter we even had a brief discussion about latin plant names and Linnaeus.
But we had to get to the Orchid Festival, so we wandered back out into the now colder-feeling day.
Orchid maned lions,
and then we turned a corner and my friend almost shouted in delight....
We had the most fabulous afternoon, it was great to catch up with a good friend, wander around a beautiful space, admire plants and laugh, a lot. (oh, and if you're reading this, you know I lost the map within 10 minutes of arrival, I got home with 2 maps, one in the wrong pocket.....doh!)
and of course I now need to go back as we did not the half of it.
The Orchid Festival is open until the 5th March 2023.