How nice to see you!
With the sun out and carrying my jacket for the first time this year, I ventured into Guildford with a few questions on my mind. What would the Council Spring planting look like this year? Would I be able to find the mysterious boarded river walk seen in a prize winning photo?
Last time I visited Guildford, I was told that Stoke Park was always well looked after by the Council so I set off to investigate and found a huge grassy area - 55 hectares in fact - full of football pitches, tennis courts, boating lakes, playground, mini golf and ornamental gardens, all overlooked by the Cathedral. Apart from a splendid array of crocuses, there wasn't a great deal of colour. Too early in the year combined with the revamping of a large part of the garden. I'll have to go back in the summer as it looks as if it will be good.
Meanwhile back at the Castle, the planting was immaculate. Each bed had a ring of deep crimson primulas round the edge with wallflowers in the centre. This will be splendid in a few weeks. Daffodils cascaded down the castle slopes.
Next I took the escalator to the top of the House of Fraser department store to view the Jellicoe roof garden again, previously, here's my other blogpost, the gardener was busy tidying it up. Today, under perfect conditions, the garden sang out with joy.
Down by the River Wey, the river Navigations sparkled in the sun as I set off to find the riverside trails. Although a beautiful walk, I will have to return another day to find the boardwalks as they proved elusive. More googling required!
A great day with bags of potential for future visits. 20,000 steps today.
Cheerio for now.