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June 15, 2012


Lemons and Pears at the Palace

by gordonmichaelsutton

Drenched by June’s deluge, the gardens at Hampton Court Palace glistened green and glorious. Worth visiting for these alone.

The palace is an architectural treat and the gardens really are the icing on the cake. No crowds thanks to the rain so the broad gravel paths were smooth and clear. This row of plants were exotics and holding their own in the chilly weather. Even the lemons.

And the prickly pear provides a perfect frame for the view down towards the formal reaches of the gardens.

Statues large and small are all around as you might expect from this substantial royal palace, once home to Henry VIII.

Even the grass takes on a dramatic, decorative hue in the foreground to this defensive feature in the walls of the palace.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 15 2012

    From top to bottom, what a beautiful post! I especially love the “prickly pear” shot with the white statues in the background. Let’s not forget the close-up photograph of the statue and water drops. Dreamy!! Theadora

    • Jun 15 2012

      Thank you, Theadora, for your kind comments; they really are appreciated. Hampton Court’s gardens are spectacular. Even in the rain they’re splendid and breathtaking.

  2. Renard Moreau
    Jun 15 2012

    [ Smiles ] Absolutely fabulous!

  3. Jun 15 2012

    The wall and the statue with wet leaves, nice! All nice!!

  4. Jun 16 2012

    Thanks, John.

  5. Jun 17 2012

    I would not have expected cactus in an English garden.


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