Kew visit 16th May

Posted: 17 May 2009

On a rather mixed day for weather around 25 members made the annual visit to Kew gardens.

It was good to see a mix of old friends and new as we strolled around the Temperate House, Palm House and Princess of Wales Conservatory. A chance for a day of plant talk and looking at some great plants.

David Cooke again made us welcome and arranged for us to have refreshments. Always nice that he gives us his time and provides an opportunity to ask him all sorts of questions on the palms in his care. As always the fate of the big Jubaea is always top of the list and again no immediate or easy answers to this giant as it has reached the roof of the house.

I think the garden was looking superb with many new plantings and outside lots of different plants in bloom.

In the palm house many new small palms & cycads have been put on display and the progress of two Tahina is amazing! Last year they were one leaf sprouts this year they 6 or more leaves despite being in their modest pots!

After Kew most people headed to the Palm Centre to be tempted by some purchases and to see how the outdoor plantings have fared. The Trachycarpus nanus was coming into bloom and the massive Jubaea slowly recovering. A large Phoenix was winter blasted but looks like it is making some new growth so fingers crossed.

Thanks to all who came, a super day!

Some of the group a top the tree top walkway!
Some of the group a top the tree top walkway!

The big Jubaea in the Temperate House
The big Jubaea in the Temperate House

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