2012: Friday walks, Liverpool Gardens

In Liverpool, in the sunshine

Recently we seem to have spent a lot of time in the Dee Estuary. So for this week’s walk we decided to stay home and walk in Liverpool. Ronnie, as ever, is our genial guide.

As this week’s walk began at our front door, we were able to improvise with the route. To ‘go where our feet took us’. Rather than take our usual packed lunch, we had a lunch destination in mind. But knew there were many ways for us to get there.

First tulips of the year, growing in front of a house much like our’s

Through Greenbank Park, close to Plot 44

Scillia, growing by the roadside on Greenbank Lane

Into Sefton Park, resplendent in the brightening spring

At this point I’d thought the walk might take us down to the river next. But, sat briefly on a bench in Sefton Park, we realise Sarah doesn’t have the energy for a long walk today. So we take a more direct route to our lunch. A route through more Liverpool Gardens.

Princes Park, our third park of the day. Older than Sefton Park and designed by Joseph Paxton. Who went on to design Birkenhead Park and inspire the design of Central Park in New York

Prunus serrula, a Tibetan cherry tree in Princes Park

The Sunburst Gates, Princes Park

When Princes was first opened it was a private park, for the people who lived in the grand houses around it. At a time when more trade passed through Liverpool than any other port on Earth. Just across the road from Princes Park now, we arrive in Granby, one of Liverpool’s most deprived areas. But the lovely people who live there have turned it into a Liverpool Garden anyway!

The daffodils in Ducie Street, in Granby

And round the corner in Cairns Street, a vegetable garden

We’ve all been busy in Granby this week. Talking with the developer who’ll be starting on site by June, renovating the houses. So we can get the housing people need. And so the place is still a garden too.

Closer to the city, and now it’s Falkner Square Gardens in Canning

More tulips, and the bees are already working

Camillia in Falkner Square

Along splendid Canning Street, towards the Cathedral

Through Chinatown, Berry Street

To lunch, at Bold Street Coffee

With lemonade, of course

On to The Bluecoat, early eighteenth century splendour, but built from the products of slavery

Through to The Bluecoat Garden. An oasis in the city centre

Where we find Euphorbia x martini. (Yes Sarah’s telling me these plant names, obviously!)

And now, Sarah’s walking muscles have just about had enough for the day.

So we go and get the bus home

Getting off a stop early to go and visit one more Liverpool Garden, Plot 44

Where the Snakes head fritillaria are in flower. ‘Sulked for years before they started flowering’ says Sarah

And so, gloriously, is the Magnolia tree. More of this on Sarah’s next Plot 44 update

4 thoughts on “2012: Friday walks, Liverpool Gardens

  1. jbaird

    Now the magnolia is something I recognize! They are blooming all over the Central Valley of northern California. How stunning these photos! Thanks again for another garden tour of your beautiful environs. XOX

  2. Renn

    So lovely! How far are the walks? Does it take the day? The afternoon? Thank you again for sharing the beauty around you!

    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Hi Renn, the walks vary in length depending on how we’re feeling. Sarah was a bit tired on Friday so we shortened the walk to about five miles. But sometimes they’re up to eight miles. We start mid to late morning, have lunch half way through, usually a packed lunch we take with us, and stop for drinks of tea now and then. The walking, in a way, is not the point. It’s to be together and notice what’s happening.


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