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17th April 2009

Grapes @ 11:03


Spring flowers are blossoming everywhere lately. The Camilia at the front of Gnomepants Manor is a shock of pink and looks very pretty. Furthermore, the well tended gardens at the front of the town hall in Barnsley are awash with fragrance and colour. As the daffodils of March die back, the tulips of April thrust skywards bold and proud and here and there blue flowers mix with yellows and light reds. It's such a lovely sight to see.

Such sights remind me of childhood haunts. One being the hidden garden in Reynolds Park, Liverpool. The garden is a walled enclosure which traps the variety of strong fragrances and the warmth of the Equinoxal sun. Paths lined with memorial benches twist and turn between the flower beds. The benches remind the living of those who have passed before and how much they too loved the area.

Indeed, the gardens in Liverpool's Calderstones Park, though a shadow of their former self, also pay tribute to those who seek sanctity and serenity in such locations. If you know where to look, there are walled gardens and forgotten Victorian hot houses brimming with fragrance and colour.

It should also be noted that at this time of year the colour green is a lot more vivid than at other times. The new leaves of the privet and yew hedges are striking and the twists and turns of climbing rose bushes ready themselves for their May blossoms.

Do you have a secret garden near you? Do you visit gardens such as these? If not why not? Simply saying "I don't go to such places because there aren't any near me" is just a cop out. Get out this weekend. Go see natures show. Rest a while in the sun, breathe in the scents and think momentarily, how people love these places.
 
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From:stainsteelrat
Date:17th April 2009 10:32 (UTC)
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I love going to a local forest. When the sun is out and the place is dry there's that delicious pine smell, that so many toilet fragrance manufacturers can't capture.
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From:stegzy
Date:17th April 2009 11:28 (UTC)
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Forests are exciting too. I like to go off the track and mooch about in the undergrowth. A trip isn't complete unless you come back with half a tree stuck in your hair.
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From:billzy
Date:17th April 2009 11:13 (UTC)
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Pondering going to Delamere Forrest on Sunday :)
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From:stegzy
Date:17th April 2009 11:40 (UTC)
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Delamere has changed a lot since I was a kid. I used to cycle there from my olds on a weekly basis. Now its all jungle gym and caravan park. I was horrified, on my last visit, to discover the Caravan Club had chopped a load of trees down to make a flipping caravan site. Honestly....who'd go on holiday to Delamere? That's like having a week at Ainsdale Pontins.....
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From:kingdavey
Date:17th April 2009 11:37 (UTC)
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Have you been listening to Radio 4? The way this is written, I can just hear it in my head being read on Radio 4.

I love getting out and about in the great outdoors. I'm sure I'll visit a couple of new places over the next few days
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From:stegzy
Date:17th April 2009 11:41 (UTC)
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Well if you see any lovely flower beds take some pictures :D
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From:kingdavey
Date:17th April 2009 11:45 (UTC)
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Will do :o)
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From:louenn
Date:17th April 2009 17:05 (UTC)
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I must get off my backside and go to the park in Chester. Not managed it and I've been here three years now, which is appalling.
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From:aladdin_sane
Date:18th April 2009 10:24 (UTC)
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I never go to parks or secret gardens cuz when I do I get accused of cruising for gay sex.

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