Tuesday, May 7, 2013

30 April 2013 - Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew Part I


And finally, what is a trip to London without a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew! It was one of my must-go place on my maiden trip to UK :) I was super excited on the day, despite the rather long journey out of central London and our Oyster card didn't cover the journey so we had to pay extra for the trip...

But it was definitely worth every penny and time taken to get there! :)

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Subway station - Kew Gardens, we had to walk about 5-10 mins or so, but it was a rather enjoyable walk since there were flowers everywhere! In every single house we pass by, I was distracted so many times, I lost count :P
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 And I saw the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in someone's garden - such a cutie!!! I guess it is really common but ahhh I was so excited seeing robins, a nice change from seeing mynahs in Singapore for a while :)
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Prunus sp. flowers?
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And we are nearing...
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Almost there...
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And tada, my dream place - Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew and WE ARE HERE!!!!
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It was $16 GBP for each person and $4 for the unlimited tram ride. We entered via Victoria Gate,
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I was greeted by the strange-looking tree with a metallic coloured bark. ID welcomed :)
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I was actually quite overwhelmed for a while, since I was accustomed to seeing tropical plants and everything here was foreign to me :)
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The weather was awesome for exploring the Gardens.
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The Kew Explorer tram ride, unlimited for a day pass
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Spotted a  Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) while waiting for the tram to arrive! I wish I could have a chance to do birding in the UK one day!
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Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
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And we were greeted by the beautiful landmark of Kew - the Palm House! I think I was possibly the only person there appearing rather excited, running around to document everything I see there... I can't believe that I am really here, at Kew Gardens!!
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The scenery was awesome, looking over a lake
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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) female?
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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
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Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
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ID welcomed
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The little outdoor nursery at the side selling pots of ornamental plants that could be found in various corners of the park! I was so tempted to buy one but they can't survive in Singapore's weather and I don't think they can survive the long flight back haha :P
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Daffodils - Narcissus sp.
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Tulips
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More tulips - not sure how to classify them though, are they different species or cultivars??
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Heaven for tulip lovers!
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It was a very wonderful feeling to be surrounded by so many flowers!
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Cross section of a tulip flower
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Okay, enough of Tulips... Moving on to the Palm House which houses Palms of course, endangered ones, and even those that are extinct in the wild.
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Dioon spinulosum
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Dioon spinulosum
I will cover more in my next post, there are really lots and lots to share on Kew Gardens alone! Stay tuned :)

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