Yesterday I visited Kew Gardens for the first time in 13 months. The last time I visited I was with my father, and it was his last trip to see the gardens so going back was quite an emotional occasion. I’m glad that I went, and it seems fitting that it was on the occasion of the winter solstice. Midwinter always feels like the start of something new: the days start to lengthen, the sun begins to warm the earth more, and we’re heading back towards spring. I let my Kew membership lapse after my father died, but I renewed it yesterday and hope to start visiting the gardens on a regular basis again.
Here are some photographs from yesterday, showing some of the gorgeous clear weather and beautiful winter colour.