Due to limited access I have a backlog of photos right now and the last post wasn't exactly visual heaven was it so you get two posts today. Now is roughly when the Magnolias are flowering across the northern hemisphere and in kew in particular. Kew being old has enormous tree magnolias which have had the benefit of time to grow into monstrous bloom producing trees as opposed to biggish shrubs which is how they so often look.
This is Magnolia veitchii var alba.
The specific name veitchii is one to look out for by the way. It relates a plant in some way to the Veitchs, a family of skilled planthunters and nurserymen associated with some seriously awesome plant introductions at the height of Victorian biophilia. They had a glasshouse nursery solely for Nepenthes pitcher plants in the Victorian era by way of example of their scale. Some information on the Veitchs is here. Plants named for or by them or introduced by them are invariably awesome.
See I told you it was big:
Also massive but somehow less awesome was this pink Magnolia soulangeana.
a new plant blog for her ancient plantbabies. I'm sure its going to be interesting so go over, take a look and tell her her Metasequoia will be fine.