Kew Gardens

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Dan and I arrived in England this morning and are having a hard time believing it is July. The temperature peaked at 19 degrees centigrade today (that’s 66 for those that prefer Fahrenheit) and is forecast to drop to 9 C tonight (49 F).  It feels more like April here.

After arriving at Heathrow early this morning we headed to Kew Gardens.

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Dan nor I had ever been there before, and we were inspired to go because a friend told us about a David Nash sculpture exhibit she had just seen there.
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We were dodging showers all day.  One minute it was sunny; the next it was pouring rain.  We did a pretty good job of avoiding the showers by touring a glass house whenever it started to rain.
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Some fine and exotic specimens were on show…
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including some that inspire new headwear ideas.
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My favourite plant was the huge Santa Cruz lily that dominates the pond in the Waterlily House. I enjoyed learning that it produces one flower at a time and that each flower lasts just two days. The first night the bloom is white, the second night the flower is pink
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Between showers we took advantage of the tree top walkway to see what goes on 60 feet above the ground.
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Our friend Detta met us for lunch and it was great to catch up with her for a couple of hours.
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We managed to cover a lot of ground (Kew Gardens spans more than 200 acres), but at one point the time difference caught up with me.
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live. enjoy. repeat.

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