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Perennials are the ones that grow like weeds, biennials are the ones that die this year instead of next, and hardy annuals are the ones that never come up at all.
-Katherine Whitehorn

Kew Americana @ the British Museum

When a friend rang to meet for coffee last week, the Court Cafe at the heart of the British Museum hit the spot as it were. For all its vastness, the glass and stone sheltered courtyard manages to be intimate as well as being an architecturally awesome, people watching, while-away-the-hours, rendezvous. As it was, there was not much time to spare but I’d wanted to see the North American flora in this year’s Kew at the British Museum and there were just enough meandering moments left for a few snaps. Even the wet weather managed a summery break…
trees from North America - kew at the british museum
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Kew in Australia

Australian fauna at Kew

Australian flora

When I think of Australian flora I picture tough architectural plants in an array of exotic forms, exemplified by the illustrations and botanical prints of 18th century artists and engravers.

“The earliest known published image of an Australian plant appeared in William Dampier’s 1703 book, Journal of a voyage to New-Holland. [These] inspired a blossoming of published works about the strange new flora of Australia.” 1

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