Friday, 3 May 2013


Its lovely to see the leaves on the trees and flowers blooming at long last, after the long, long winter we've had!

Just outside our gate into the park this tree is looking gorgeous against the blue sky.   I thought it was young leaves at first, but when I looked closely, it was flowers.   Its some sort of Maple, so we will be getting little winged seeds everywhere soon!

The Weeping Willow is looking fresh and green.   Just behind there is a little island, and the female swan has been sitting on eggs there for ages.   We are all waiting anxiously for cygnets to appear!

At the top end of the lake, the garden on the right hand side is private, belonging to a rather lovely house.   Funny place for a house, right in the middle of a public park, but I daresay there is some historical reason for it!   The house is up for sale, and I am hoping they respect the wildlife that take refuge in their garden.   The willow tree fell down in the gales, but coots are nesting at the end, where it is right in the water.   it would be a shame if they removed it.

This is the house that is up for sale.   There doesn't seem to be anyone living in it at the moment, but they may be just very quiet people!

The Council employees always keep the Park looking neat and tidy, and plant out loads of plants each summer and autumn.   Usually they have six beds of pansies, which last year looked fantastic, but this year were clobbered by the snow, ice, frost etc.   However, the primulas have done very well, despite the weather.

There's always something to look at in the park, which is just as well, as its about the only place where I take the dog for a walk!   The leaves aren't on the big trees yet, but it is warmer and Spring has definitely come!


Diane said...

The leafs have all come out at once! I think we were all ready to see them. Thank goodness - I thought it would never arrive! xxxx

VioletSky said...

It is exciting how the leaves seem to appear green virtually overnight, isn't it?! You are fortunate to have such a beautiful park so close by. If you were so inclined, you could forego gardening altogether and just enjoy the city's work!

Chibi Janine said...

What a beautiful park it must be a real joy to walk through. Glad the sun is shining for you.

Carolyn said...

Lovely photos. We've had a cool, then hot, then cool spring. About to get hot again. We just got our first little English tomatoes of the season.

Carolyn said...

Gilly, one does start to think about planting when the new leaves come out. I think you will be able to grow Red Russian Kale and perhaps even some beans. My mother lives in a cooler-summer climate than mine (but warmer in summer than yours) and keeps her kale going all summer in part shade. See the new comment at the link above.

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

That is a beautiful house. That is what I picture in England. They will probably take that tree out because they may not know animals are nesting in it. I wouldn't have known.