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