Lemons and Pears at the Palace
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.