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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 23rd October, 2020)

Shevington Memorial Gardens

Shevington Memorial Gardens

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Mick on 23rd October 2020 at 08:12

After winning a competition run by Honda Motors, Shevington High School pupils wanted to work on a project within its Community. with permission from Shevington Parish Council, a site in the Memorial Garden was chosen by the pupils. Shevington in Bloom was approached to work with the school on a new project.
Work began in late January 2014, the pupils planted a Tibetan Cherry Tree in the centre of the garden. It was chosen for its incredible bark, which glistens in the sun as if it has been polished. Peeling as it ages, it creates wonderful textures and hiding places for small insects. It produces small white flowers in spring, with the leaves turning golden in autumn before they fall to reveal the vivid bark that contrasts perfectly on a frosty morning.
The pupils then planted: Carex Grasses that have foliage and flowers that are soft to the touch and also produce rustling seed heads in late summer and look striking on frosty morning.
Large Verbena Benoroensis that flower from June until the first frosts, adding colour and movement to the garden. With long arching stems baring purple flowers, they attract butterflies and bees with their high nectar content. This perennial holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Dramatic Miscanthus to create background sounds in the garden, with its large grass like leaves providing shelter, movement and sound.
A variety of herbs, Lavender, Oregano, Sage and Thyme which when touched will give a bold scent. They also attract various insects throughout the summer.
Shevington in Bloom also funded a bespoke bench that was designed, crafted and installed by Upholland Blacksmiths who also made the Heritage Baskets and the Wicker man near the Library.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 23rd October 2020 at 11:19

Thanks for the information Mick. Shevington is a lovely village.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 23rd October 2020 at 13:14

It looks lovely. and how unusual to have herbs growing! I have sage and thyme in a pot in my backyard because I love the smell of them. I love to see the Union Flag flying appears to be a breezy day!

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd October 2020 at 13:18

I love Lavender which is blooming in the photo. It's perfume still lingers even when it's died off. I collect the Lavender every year and replenish my Lavender bags with it. Gorgeous!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 23rd October 2020 at 15:22

I still have the lavender bag you sent me last year, Veronica. I love it. I've just held it and it still smells beautiful after all this time! xx

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd October 2020 at 16:24

Irene I will send you some more from this year's growth. If you
'scrunch' it up it gives off the perfume even more. Even the wood smells delicious! I have it near my pillow in bed.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 23rd October 2020 at 18:26

Thankyou, Veronica! xxxx

Comment by: Edna on 23rd October 2020 at 20:05

How lovely is this, on a really dreary damp rainy morning. Nature and plants especially lavender, always give you a boost even if its only a photo.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd October 2020 at 20:23

Mick, there's a Tibetan Cherry tree in Marylebone park, it was planted in 1988 by the owner of one of the bungalows across the way from there on Wigan Lane. The large tree that stood in front of the bungalow was blown down in the bad storm in 1987 and fell onto the bungalow, she then planted the tree in the park in memory of her husband, unfortunately children found that peeling the bark from off the tree trunk was fun and it spoiled the effect of it.

Those herbs would help add a lovely Provence flavour to meals - does anyone pick them?

Comment by: Kim on 24th October 2020 at 16:02

Sounds like Mick has copied and pasted all that down.Conspicuous with the lack of bad grammar !

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