Kew Gardens

We spent Sunday at Kew. I had been waiting for a day like that in Spring for a very long time, and it was as beautiful as I expected. Tulips, magnolias, bluebells were in bloom, as well as daisies everywhere*, and cherry trees. We also visited three greenhouses: Palm House, water Lilies and the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The first one has a small aquarium underground, don't miss it!

The roses were still just bushes, so were most azaleas, and there's a big waterlily pond that must be lovely in August (although I'll still prefer Giverny). I'll need to go back to see those, and the lake, which we also didn't have time for. Oh, and to be able to walk barefoot for an entire day, I missed it!

Tips: 1) buy tickets online. If you don't, you'll end up doing it last minute on your phone when you see the queue, and it's not a pleasant mobile experience :) 2) Go early and pack a picnic. You do not want to try and get food from the cafés, there are way too many people. If you forget to bring water (don't), there's at least one water font close to the log trail.

Tulips

Black tulip at Kew Gardens

Tulip field at Kew Gardens

Tulip field at Kew Gardens

Black tulip at Kew Gardens

Tulip field at Kew Gardens

Daisies

Kew Gardens

Field of daisies at Kew Gardens

I wasn't joking about the daisies :) I even had some in my hair.

Field of daisies at Kew Gardens

Field of daisies at Kew Gardens

Magnolias

Kew Gardens

Magnolias at Kew Gardens

Magnolias at Kew Gardens

Rock Gardens

Rock Gardens at Kew

'Please do not walk on the Rock Garden' sign

I was about to climb the back of the waterfall for the most amazing photo that never happened thanks to this sign.

Rock Gardens at Kew

Rock Gardens at Kew

Rock Gardens at Kew

*and she was still under Hive's control when I went there, I kept imagining earthquakes and nobody understood why