Ilkeston - Spring Flowers
w/e 28 February 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Leisure Centre

Spring flowers have made their presence felt this week although the daffodils outside the Victoria Park Leisure Centre have yet to bloom.

If you know where to look in Victoria Park there are still snowdrops to be found.
Bowls Pavilion

But it's the crocuses in the park seen here against a backdrop of the Bowls Pavilion that are attracting most attention.
Along Bristol Road

As usual the crocuses spread all the way along the edge of the park down Bristol Road and I'm sure many motorists drive this way just to see them.
Chaucer School

Not as abundant but equally attractive are those flowering at the entrance to Chaucer Junior School and they will soon be followed by the array of daffodils nearer the building.
Garden of Remembrance

There's a circle of purple flowering crocuses like a fairy ring in the Garden of Remembrance at the Market Place.
Market Place

And the tubs in the Market Place are also colouring up with primulas as too is the semi-circular bed in the Lower Market.
Old Park

Another good display of crocuses can be seen on Chaucer Old Park and from this position on Cantelupe Road it's easy to understand how it came to be known as 'Illy 'Oleys after the hills and holes created by mineral extraction many years ago.
Stanton Road Cemetery

But the pièce de résistance this year has to be in Stanton Road Cemetery where the grounds at the far end are literally carpeted with crocuses. With the Giant standing in the background (left of the big tree) The Promise of a couple of weeks ago has been fulfilled in spades.


Crocuses, so good they deserve a second photo and with this closer view of the ground cover in the cemetery what more is there to say except perhaps this David Steindl-Rast quote -
“A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.”

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