I've been to Hampton Court Flower Show before, and I've seen Rufus Wainwright performing in the grounds, but I've never visited the Palace and gardens before - until yesterday. What an amazing place! Everything is on such a grand scale. The opulence of the interiors is breathtaking, but for me the real jewel in the crown is the garden. I think I picked the best time to visit, as the borders were looking magnificent.
The rose garden was at its peak, filling the air with the perfume of old-fashioned varieties.
There are plenty of formal elements to the garden.
The border below comes as a bit of a shock after all this beauty, and it is not in the planning stages, it is meant to look like this. For growing below it are the roots of the Great Vine. At 229 years old, the vine has grown to a length of over 36.5 metres. Housed in a special building, it is kept behind glass, hence the blurry appearance on the photos.
|The mighty trunk|
|Grapes ripening nicely|
|The vine has been trained back and forth to create a tapestry as impressive as those inside the palace!|