The Palm House
Bedding in front of the Palm House. The Dahlias are "David Howard".
The Madagascar Periwinkle. A tender perennial, often grown as a houseplant it was traditionally used as a remedy for diabetes and digestive ailments. Two of the alkaloids found in the sap of this plant are now used to fight leukaemia and Hodgkin's Disease. The alkaloids are only found in tiny amounts. One tonne of leaves must be processed to provide one dose. In the 60's only 20% of childhood leukaemia victims survived; now 95% have a chance of remission due to the drugs developed from this plant.
I have no idea what this is called, but it is rather weid.
I did wonder who was buried under this tree - we were not missing anyone from our coach party.
View across the Thames in the distance to Sion House
End of the Palm House
Warning - Bark overload ahead!
The Lacebark Pine - on which I took the photos of the above bark.
The Hive - we did not go inside this, but we could see the lights flashing and the humming sound when bees entered one of the beehives in the gardens. Interesting
The Princess of Wales House
Ha Ha - I found a pelargonium - this is P. carnosum, a succulent type
This hanging pot of Christmas Cactus will look spectacular at Christmas - it must be almost 3' across.
Another pelargonium - P. salmoneum
I hope you enjoyed visiting Kew Gardens