Hello all, we hope you are all well and safe?

During the virus pandemic and lockdown it is so easy to forget that spring has arrived and the park is starting to bloom. Luckily for us one of our members used their daily exercise to record these changes.

Here are some of the plants that are flowering in our park at the moment.

In the woodland near The Lost Fountain there are :-

Skimmia Japonica – This is a small shrub with evergreen leaves, which has scented flowers which are white with a touch of pink.

Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica

Pieris formosa “ Forest Flame” – This shrub Is native to Eastern China and Japan. Its a medium sized shrub, which grows well in woodlands. Its new leave are bright red at this this time of year.

Pieris formosa
Pieris formosa

Primula veris (Cowslip) – These primulas are perennials and members of the primrose family. They have clusters of yellow bell shaped flowers.

Primula veris
Primula veris

Catha Palustris (Marsh Marigold) – This is member of the buttercup family, which enjoys damp conditions. It has glossy heart shaped leaves and small five petal flowers.

Caltha palustris
Caltha palustris

In the parks woodlands there are:-

Lesser Celandine – These small plants spread all over the woodland. They have small bright yellow star like flowers and glossy leaves. They grow well in damp semi shaded areas.

Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine

Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) – These short white spreading wildflowers, which have very thin stems and can often be seen being blown by the wind. They spread throughout the parks woodland.

Anemone nemorosa
Anemone nemorosa

The view across the Lake.

There are hundreds of daffodils above the lakeside path and a magnolia tree next to Astley Hall.

View across the Lake
View across the Lake

View into the Walled Garden

The Magnolia Tree in the Walled Garden, has been flowering in the park for over one hundred years. What a pity that this year it is locked away with no people there to enjoy it.

Magnolia
Magnolia

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