It may not have made it in time for Christmas but the snow arrived at Kew over the weekend, turning it into a winter wonderland.
Here are some of the sights for those of you who couldn't get here or may have decided staying at home was a warmer option....
Part of the Arboretum including the Temperate house, taken from the Pagoda.
The Pagoda and Kew Palace during the snow
Lots of families braved the cold over the weekend to visit Kew as it was transformed by heavy snow. Among the dozens of snowmen being built by children and adults alike were glimpses of Spring just around the corner.
The Hamamelis bed along Victoria walk, close to the King Williams Temple, is looking spectacular at the moment, particularly with a light dusting of snow.
The fragrant bright yellow Hamamelis 'Kew Sunshine' topped with snow.
More used to the warm sunshine of the Mediterranean than freezing snow, the European palm (Chamaerops humilis) is very hardy and looks stunning in its winter coat.
The European palm, Chamaerops humilis close to the King Williams Temple.
Lots of birds rely on us for a helping hand during Winter, particularly in cold snaps. Regular supplies are left in these feeders attracting dozens of great tits, blue tits and coal tits as well as nuthatches, friendly robins and not so friendly parakeets.
A great tit, grateful for a free meal.
Sometimes you don't always see the bird...
Finally, as I mentioned, there were lots of snowmen being built, but this was my favorite. I am reliably informed by one of our Friends of Kew that he was called Norman the snowman.
Norman the Snowman chilling out...
- Tony -
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