Chelsea Physic Garden

After all the rain and record flooding plaguing England this month, the bashful sun finally peeking out was a welcome excuse to get outdoors! I decided to be a tourist in my own backyard, and paid a visit to the Chelsea Physic Garden. Tucked discreetly behind old brick walls facing the Chelsea Embankment, it’s the oldest botanic garden in London. And it swings open it’s gates for one week only in winter – to showcase the February blooms of the snowdrops!

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Snowdrops are winter flowering plants with delicate white blossoms. They are symbolic as blithe little harbingers of spring. There are dozens of varieties on display during Snowdrop Days – along the Snowdrop trail, and for sale in nursery.

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There's even "Grumpy" snowdrops!

There are even “Grumpy” snowdrops!

There are also multiple greenhouses around the grounds, including a restored Victorian fern house.

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Asteraceae, Olearia Nummulariifolia, New Zealand

Asteraceae, Olearia Nummulariifolia, New Zealand

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Founder, Dr. Hans Sloane

Founder, Dr. Hans Sloane (1660-1753)

The Curator's House

The Curator’s House

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Boranginaceae, Echium Bethencourtianum, Canary Islands

Boranginaceae, Echium Bethencourtianum, Canary Islands

Crassulaceae, Aeonium Castello-Paivae, Canary Islands

Crassulaceae, Aeonium Castello-Paivae, Canary Islands

Who knew so many verdant species of flora and fauna were thriving in this bleak chilly cityscape? The cold air was pricking my skin and burning my nose, so I had to dash to a cosy little pub around the corner for a warmer-upper. A wonderfully wintery day in the neighborhood!

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