Walking in the park in the morning sunshine the other day, I reflected on how there is something to please the eye wherever you look, every few metres, around every corner and bend. Spring is here and the flowers are waking up, having a little stretch, peeking out to see what’s happening around them. The early snowdrop and crocus displays are over. Now we have daffodils, narcissus, rainbow primulas, the magnificent magnolia and several other varieties of plants. There’s even a rhododendron sporting a couple of early blooms.
Near the pavilion, within spitting distance, (don’t take that as an invitation!) there is a beautiful red cherry blossom; or is it a plum blossom? ( I have been reliably informed that it’s neither – it’s a quince!) See comment below for more info.
It’s in a fairly unattractive spot, next to where garden waste is often kept, which makes me wonder whether it was planted there by design or seeded itself. Opposite the blossom there’s a mixed grouping of primulas and daffodils.
They too are in an unprepossessing location, at the side of the pavilion, and you might think it’s not worth the bother of planting anything here but it is, because it provides interest and colour. All over the park there are similar patches which instead of being left bare have something attractive for us to look at.
Just a hop and a jump away from the pavilion (you may take this as an invitation!) the bowling green flower beds host a small group of rather lovely, delicate, star-shaped flowers. These are Chionodoxa, commonly known as glory-of-the-snow.
Maybe it would be more appropriate to call them glory-of-the-mud!
This photo is a bit better:
Something that can be relied upon to grow and proliferate is the grape hyacinth, or Muscari, to give it its proper name. And it is found in large quantities all over the park.
The RHS suggests that the grape hyacinth is a good plant for children to grow. If you do have a go with your children, let me know, send a photo, and I’ll put it on here.