1. Pitcher Plant, carnivourous, a bog plant I know well from the swamps of Canada.
2. Tulip tree, indigenous to my area, and one of the first flowering plants. ever.
3. Pitcher Plant, also carnivourous, from the American southern swamps, grows tall and very beautiful, sculptural.
4. Sweet peas and roses, a traditional and very fragrant mix.
5. The giant water lilies, some of the most famous plants of Kew.
Kew is something special for plant idiots like myself. I will spare you the zillion photos of rare and unusual plants. For now.
I seem to have taken lots of completely out of focus photos in Nottinghamshire. I was having too good a time.
I still cannot remember what the plant is called, the third one down? you can't google yellow flower and get anywhere. Anyone know?
Sitting on the edge of the canal with Dhamaka, feeling comfortable in the Uk (had the pub thing down by then), beautiful light, the gherkin in the distance--sublime. Thank you Dhamaka.
Leeds was better than I imagined. Not only is it the home of some of our best bloggers, it is a lovely city centre. It is a university town, so there are lots of young people around, and good food, book stores, and of course, music. The centre of the city has arched shopping areas, and a huge pedestrian area. The buildings along the canals are being renovated into interesting places to live.
I was so upset last night when I went to bed, thinking of the London 2012 Olympics logo, that I forgot to lock the door. It's raccoon time. Annie and the raccoon are good friends. She is looking very fat. And happy.