On Sunday I decided to pop out and take a few photographs. I was partly thinking of something that I could use for Monochrome Madness (you will need to look next week to see what I took) but I also thought I might share some photographs of a nearby mini park, only a few minutes walk from where I live.
The weather is cold for May and the afternoon was not very sunny. Though the sun did come out at one point while I was there.There is a plaque on the wall.(When I first came to Southampton this area was being used as a car park.)
Here is a view of the park as I entered it.On the right I saw what I took to be a sort of mock orange.This is a close up of the flowers.There were also a lot of white rugosa roses.I tried to photograph what I thought was a helleborebut decided it wasn’t very interesting so I tried to put the camera where I could photograph the inside of one of the larger flowers, only to find when I came home that I had photographed a lot of greenfly! Look away now if you don’t like the sight of greenfly.I recognised this as euphorbiathe flowers are so strange.But I really don’t know what this isThe flowers remind me a little bit of forget-me-nots. Do you know its name?Another thing I don’t recognise is this tree.Here are a couple of fallen blossoms.Do you know what tree it is?
I liked the fancy paving.Looking closer, in places I could see lichen and liverwortand moss.At the far end was a mesh of trees.Here is the view from this end looking back. Southampton Council are a bit stuck for cash these days like everyone else and I don’t know if they give any time to upkeep the park.
Here you can see the only brightly coloured flowers I found – some wall flowers – but you can also see the invasive brambles.and here among the roses some sycamore tree seedlings.They were all over the place and are hard to get rid of once they are established.
I hope you enjoyed our wander round the park. You can see how little it is but nonetheless a welcome patch of green among the surrounding buildings.