Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Thorpe Perrow Arboretum - again.
I make no excuses for posting another blog about Thorpe Perrow. This will be the third this year. We first went to see the snowdrops, then the daffodils and now - this morning - to see the bluebells. And what a blue. It made forget-me-nots look quite pale.
The bog garden had a beautiful display of candelabra primula, the bright blue poppies (meconopsis) were in spectacular bloom, the ferns had unfolded and were their newest green, there were wonderful vistas of green sward and newly leafed trees, and there were bluebells.
In the lake the frogspawn I showed you last time has hatched and every bank side stone was covered in tiny tadpoles sunning themselves.
Laburnum is quite an unpopular tree now as the seeds are known to be poisonous; here there is a laburnum walk glowing yellow in the shade. Interestingly, on one tree one branch appears to have come pink-flowered instead of yellow-flowered - I intend to send that photograph to Stuart Dunlop (Donegal Wildlife) to see if he can offer an explanation.
Where a tree has lived its life and had to be cut down then a sizeable trunk has been left, moss has grown and the whole has been colonised by insect life - what a lovely 'after-life' for a tree.
Meanwhile, back at the excellent cafe, savoy cabbage, ham and puy lentil soup was busily brewing and a bowl of that with a brown roll and butter satisfied my hunger, while W opted for a pork, apple sauce and stuffing baguette and that was delicious too.
Coming out on to the road again as we left we spotted a sign leading to the road to the Ice Cream Parlour, so we ended up our jaunt there - W opting for 'cinderella' (chocolate and cinder toffee) and me for 'vanilla and almond toffee'. As we sat in the sun it seemed more like a mid-June day than a day in early May.
Isn't it good to have friends who think of taking me out on such a jaunt now that I am unable to drive - so thank you for that W. And speaking of driving - at the beginning of June I may be able to reapply for my driving licence if all goes well.