Monday, 31 October 2016

Cusworth Hall, Doncaster - New Trees, Autumn Sunshine

The loveliest house in Doncaster and a park that is continually being improved since its prime restoration between 2003-7, Cusworth Hall is a grade 1 building designed by James Paine between 1749-1752, becoming a council run museum in 1967. On the last day of October with temperatures achieving the unheard of heights of 19 degrees Celsius we visited our local park. I was most struck by the planting of a wide variety of trees that has taken place over recent years. So today's post concentrates on these though first an image of the house in its surroundings.


The first of the new trees, shedding its red leaves
A conifer specimen with a sad history. Twice a year it is decorated with flowers, toys and cards in memory of a young child. Then before the items deteriorate they are tidied away by the family.
Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’ has a fresh, chalky white and crisp peeling bark




I remember when this small copse was first planted. Trees grow up, or I get older.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Blackpool's Stanley Park, October 15th 2016: "The UK’s Best Park"

The 390 acres that presently comprises Blackpool's Stanley Park was officially opened in 1926. It serves an important role in my family's memories given that my wife is a Blackpool girl and this was where she spent many happy days of her childhood, including her time at the now demolished Collegiate High School for Girls, the park being a convenient hideaway for lunchtimes. We brought our children here on numerous times before our move to Yorkshire. Now on a very wet October morning we revisited. It has scarcely changed. The link above is to the Friends of Stanley Park from which I learn that this venerable park has been just been voted "The UK’s Best Park" for 2016 by "YOU!"

The Rose Garden was originally designed by Thomas Mawson in 1926 and completely renovated in 2006 
David Austen Roses make up the main planting though Autumn perennials were conspicuous
The Historic Art Deco café is worth the visit on its own

The bandstand is in the distance and the benches are just as we remember them

Clock Tower
Stanley Park Lion

The following images show the care taken of the bowling greens where the grass had been properly spiked but the gardeners not quite having finished sweeping up the plugs of earth.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cherbourg's Municipal Greenery

The end of October and not a hint of sunlight. A grey day but brightened up by the smart market and people. Oh, and the sheer neatness of the place with its stone buildings and, even at this late stage in the year, some pleasing herbaceous planting to grace the walls and squares.

Napoleon is celebrated in these parts



Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Newby Hall Herbaceous Border, Sunday 25th September 2016

Newby Hall's 172 metre herbaceous border is rightly famous. Here are images taken on the final day of opening with the border still having much left to admire. The border extends from the house itself to the River Ure. The lateness of the season may be discerned from the length of shadows. The freshness of the blossom is mother nature and fine gardening.











 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Brodsworth Hall, formal gardens in Autumn, Sunday 2nd October 2016

Brodsworth Hall acts as a second park for us to visit. We take it for granted I suppose. However the beauty of the topiary and formal plantings can startle even the well initiated. Here then in all its beauty ...










Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Cleethorpes in Bloom, Kingsway Gardens, 30th August, 2016

In the years that I have been visiting Cleethorpes, our nearest seaside town, I have been impressed with the efforts of the local council to clean up their act. The place is spruced up beyond recognition. This is nowhere more apparent than in the landscaping. So here is a series of images showing Kingsway Gardens, the landscaped strip of land that runs parallel to the main beach. Formal gardens can look great if properly planted and maintained, a feature of  Kingsway. Also prominent are the various sculptures integrated into the arrangements. On Monday when we visited the gardeners were raking over clean beds and adding fertiliser for next Spring's bulb displays. So it's back to the 30th of August.