Ilkeston - Summer Colour
w/e 25 July 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Autumn is rightly famous for its golden hues and
springtime flowers bring joy as they mark the end of a drab winter
palette but after a few days of gloriously sunny weather the
summer flowers are now in their prime. Yes it's been done before
and the locations have often been featured here but it would
be remiss of me to let the season pass without preserving a few
shots from this year's vibrant displays for posterity.
And there's probably none more vibrant than this bed at the junction
of Stanton Road and Cavendish Road.
Just as colourful are the five beds, three of which can be seen
here, on the island at the White Lion Square end of Chalons Way.
Three of the five visible at White Lion Square and two of the
three planters full of geraniums outside the Fire Station at
the Derby Road / Oakwell Drive junction can be seen here.
There are also two beds, one either side of the War Memorial
on the Market Place, and these have colour matching begonias
to go with the geraniums.
Two more beds, these in the shade of the church wall on the Lower
Market Place, are full of gorgeous purple flowers - are they
Of course the jewel in the crown or the pièce de résistance
in the town is Victoria Park where the flowers at the entrance
gates are looking their best just in time for the judges of the
annual In Bloom competition.
It's not just the formal beds either as the area in the park
devoted to wild flowers is also looking good with the Bowls pavilion
in the background.
Just around the corner from the wild flowers is the start of
the Long Border running through the centre of the park.
The Long Border can also be seen here on the right as it runs
alongside the central beds which are filled again with red and
purple flowers with some of the beds bordered by silver leafed
plants. This harks back to Victorian times when vibrant colours
were the order of the day.
Contrasting with the bright central beds are the circular islands
at either end with subtle hues of white and green. There are
obviously more beds throughout the town and the Council's Green
Space Team must once again be congratulated on their efforts
particularly through the coronavirus pandemic in keeping the
flower beds in good order. Hopefully the In Bloom judges will
be impressed and once again decide a Gold Award is well deserved.