Stopping…

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Day out to Kew Gardens with sixty-one Year 10 pupils; first trip organised by me, all seemed to go well. Nice weather, no disasters, as far as I’m aware.

The rose garden next to the Palm House could be smelt from 100m away, well before you could see it; the scent of so many roses in bloom together was *delicious*. I greatly enjoyed wandering from bush to bush and nestling my nose deep in the petals; the roses had different scents, some fruity, some spicy, some thin and watery, some robust.

There were all sorts, single-flowering, doubles, non-scented, striped… bees buzzed everywhere, and I encouraged (read told) the kids drawing the flowers to put their pencils down and smell what they were neglecting. It was great to hear the teens shouting at their friends “Oh My Gawwd! Come smell this one!” as they wandered in packs amongst the flowerbeds :)

Photos by me…

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4 Responses to Stopping…

  1. S says:

    Hi M – those roses are beautiful. My Spring project for ’13 is to plant a rose garden in the arid 7500 foot climate of Los Alamos. Wish me luck!

    S

    PS – you really are a good teacher. Smell is a neglected sense – I have heard it is the one most closely linked to memory.

    Take care.

    • monky says:

      Hi S – I have *no* idea about actually growing roses, so I do indeed wish you luck! If all else fails, I can point you in the direction of a really good rose perfume :D I agree with you that smell can be incredibly evocative.

      I try my best, more than half the time on the teaching front… :)

      • S says:

        Oh! I am so glad I surfed over to read your blog… The pics you have up of the palms and tropicals are fantastic! I have to confess I felt a very strong tug at the heartstrings when I saw the bananas, the tahitian gardenias, the hibiscus and the heliconias. I had a yard full of those when I lived in Hawaii! Makes me want to go back. Lucky you live in an area so filled with such treats. Definitely nothing like that near us in Los Alamos – (and NOTHING like that here in Dallas right now – except humidity. and Texans. Neither of which count.). Wonderful photos – thanks!!! (going to peruse them again!)

        • monky says:

          Thanks for the comments S- Kew is a pretty amazing place, and I am sorely tempted to get a yearly pass, as I always have such an excellent time when I go, even when i’m slightly stressed out from having to corral and monitor sixty teenagers…! I would say that although I long to visit the luscious tropicals in Hawaii, I think deserts are appealing too, so at least you can say there’s a lot of those in NM and CA… Oh, and Texans have their own brand of charm too…!