August at Kew (and in Wiltshire)

The August Kew picture isn’t an absolute favourite, perhaps because it doesn’t emphasise the transport links. It does remind us that it used to be cheap to visit the place – just a penny!


OK, it mentions a station. This was a 1937 poster by Betty Swanwick.

Now we’ll turn to my garden which has not had the best of years. Very wet conditions earlier in the year brought out the slugs in huge numbers and then we have our mammalian marauders – roe deer, muntjac deer, rabbits and badgers which all make use of the garden for their own benefit sometimes at our expense (but we love seeing them all). And we also suffer avian attack notably from wood pigeons.

Our garden tends to be at its best in spring. It rapidly turns from too wet to too dry, being light sandy soil so it tends to be small containers, near the house and above ground level that provide us with colour.


But some plants do amazingly well. Hollyhocks could be regarded as weeds for they spring up all over the place. But what lovely plants they are.


The assault mob of animals must find them distasteful for they grow well. Well isn’t that delightful!



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2 Responses to “August at Kew (and in Wiltshire)”

  1. Janet Says:

    Reblogged this on Janet’s thread and commented:
    Thinking of my ancestors who lived in Wiltshire in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.

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