Kew Gardens – my favourite place in London?

Last week I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and I spent most of the day completely enchanted with the stunning plants. It’s a truly wonderful place.

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They’re dedicated to conservation and saving the environment, and have a research facility, where they investigate the relationship between humans and nature, helping us to live a more sustainable life.

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Plus, my friend told me that Kew has the largest collection of plants in the world!

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I had certainly never seen most of them before, and I know my plants. The insect life was wonderful too, its always reassuring to see bees buzzing around.

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I was completely blown away by this area. These are California Poppies, which are in my top ten favourite flowers. They’re so vibrant and beautiful. Everywhere you walk, there are sections like this that showcase different kinds of plant life, whether in glasshouses or outside.

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You can spend an entire day walking around looking at flowers, but they make sure you learn about them too. They have a Summer Festival, which this year is called Plantasia, and is educating people about the way medicine and health is rooted in plants – which I hope will make people think more seriously about the environment.

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My mind was blown the first time I learned how pineapples grow. They’re little shrubs that sit close to the ground – I just find that adorable for some reason. No wonder they’re so spiky.

If you’re looking for something to do this summer, the Royal Botanic Gardens should be at the top of your list, no question. It has got to be the most beautiful place in London, its inspiring, interesting, and it’ll get you out of the London air for a little while too! I (unsurprisingly) spent a long time in the Palm House, which houses all the rainforest plants. I took so many photos I need a separate post for them, but it’ll be worth it! Anyway, visit Kew’s website for details.

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A walk in spring rain on Easter Sunday

I’m not religious in the slightest – but here, Easter is relevant. Today I got to walk through an almost deserted central London, take photos at my leisure and enjoy the sound of rain clattering on my umbrella, and cleansing the air.

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East and West

In reality, this post is just an excuse to share two beautiful trees I’ve walked past in London. The magnolia I found in West London, while the cherry tree I pass on my way to the supermarket in East. I’m moving soon, to central London, which will mean that all three places here that I’ve called home will form a nice neat line through the city.

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Cherry Blossom Grrrl

The house I grew up in had a huge cherry tree outside it. It towered above the rest of the trees on our street, and when it blossomed the garden and road in front of our house would be covered in a thick layer of soft pink snow. Even a child raised by feminists can’t resist that level of pretty, let me tell you.

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I used to go out and watch the petals silently drifting down from the sky. It was my favourite time of year and as soon as the tree turned pink I would wait patiently, excited for the arrival of summer and the falling of the blossoms.  It was like being in a wonderland, a surreal experience unique to me. I loved to skip through the fallen petals, kicking them up into pink clouds that would flutter back down around me.

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First Month in London

I’ve been living in London for almost a month, and have really loved the energy and bustle of the city. It’s been really inspiring. Thought I’d share some of my favourite photos of the past month – nothing too touristy as I’ve been trying to look like I fit in!

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Regent’s Park

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My stunning Liberty Print Vans…this was the first time I’d worn them outside after getting them for Christmas. Thankfully the weather forecast held up! Continue reading