Summertime

  • We love summer in England. It’s like winter back home in Az, but the clear sunny days are broken up with spells of rain and lots of huge puffy white clouds.
    Kew Palm house

    Kew Palm house

    One of my favorite things in London are the plants, particularly the flowers. Flowers bloom all year round, kind of like Arizona. Even in the winter some scrubs produce beautiful flowers like this Ranunculaceae from our garden.

    Ranunculaceae

    Ranunculaceae

    Early in the spring the daffodils and crocus bloom in random places in otherwise dormant lawns.

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    Daffodils

    Crocus

    Crocus

    Then the bluebells and 100’s of other floral varieties start popping out.

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    Bluebells

    They have some very beautiful gardens here, some next to palaces, some in public parks.

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    Canterbury

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    Hampton Court

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    Buckingham Palace

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    Hyde Park

    But my favorite place is Kew Gardens, the largest botanical garden in the world. On the Places page I include some pictures of Kew and other wonderful floral locations. Also on this page are some pictures of our visit to Leeds Castle, the “Loveliest Castle in the world.” On the stories page you can see pictures from the last visit from our kids.  The Visitors Center is very busy this time of year. There are lots of tourists and lots of people interested to chat and learn more about our church. And, we’ve had some very distinguished visitors recently, like Elder Holland, several other general authorities, and even the Piano Guys etc. Your can read about our missionary experiences on the Inspiration page.

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    Canterbury

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    Hampton Court

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