Saturday, 18 August 2018

Bath

The city of Bath takes pride in its floral displays. The small central park called Parade Gardens creates a different themed book each season. We peered over the balustrade and then walked down to take a closer look.

Last year I was walking by as the book was under construction, a design being made to celebrate the work of Jane Austen.

The long border is set out in regimental fashion. I'm not a fan of this type of civic planting.
It takes a lot of plants!
The gardens are free to local card holders and accessed down a flight of stairs, passing beside the statue of the winged angel of peace.

Here she is beneath a rather cloudy sky, to join with all other skywatchers on Friday Skywatch.
 
The gardens give a good view of Pulteney Bridge and the weir.


There are several statues in the park,
traditional ones like the angel and Mozart
and rather more modern and humorous approaches such as this floral dress - an idea that I'm tempted to copy at home!
We were in Bath to see a production of Arthur Miller's, 'The Price'. As you can see from the photo, we were in the cheap seats! No matter, it was an excellent production and very thought provoking. We discussed it on the journey back home and kept returning to it throughout the evening.

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  1. Do you remember when the parks department did a floral display of The Magic Roundabout in Parade Gardens? That was the best I think.

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    1. I didn't see that display, it sounds fun. (Might have knocked on your front door, if we had known which one it was!)

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    1. The themed displays are interesting and rather good fun, but the borders leave me cold.

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  3. Looks like a beautiful park. I've never seen a floral book like that before... very clever!!

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    1. Its just a small park but centrally placed in the heart of the town, The much larger parks are lovely - your grand-daughter would love the children's play area in Victoria Park!

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  5. What beautiful things you have to see and enjoy where you live.

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    1. Bath is a particularly lovely small city, quite different in feel to the neighbouring city of Bristol, which is far more business orientated, although still an interesting place.

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  7. Not a big fan of the super regimental type of planting either. All the succulents could burn in the sun or hot weather.
    Still a lovely post.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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    1. This summer has given some idea of what you are up against with long periods of heat and drought. In future I'm going to try not to complain about rainfall!

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  8. Hi Rosemary, you have a gorgeous garden and blog! I'm having a poke around from the start, so it will take me a while to catch up, especially as I'm about to get sidetracked trying a couple of your recipes.

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  9. That book as a tribute to Jane Austin is beautiful. Wonderful park to walk around, I'm not a fan either of regimental planting but for a park in a city it looks great. It was a very long time ago that I was in Bath, still I recognize things.

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