Ilkeston - Another Lovely Display
w/e 17 August 2014
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
The "In Bloom" judges were in town recently
and must have been well impressed by the five bed island at the
southern end of Chalons Way that we still know as White Lion
Square even though that disappeared when the island was built.
Obviously Victoria Park would also have been on their itinerary
but as we saw some of the flower beds there a couple of weeks
ago, I decided to see what other lovely displays were on offer
around the town.
The line of tubs on the Market Place have come on leaps and bounds
recently and are now overflowing with flowers. The eye is also
drawn towards the Cenotaph, newly cleaned as part of the World
War One commemorations.
The flower beds around the Cenotaph that were also pointed out
to the "In Bloom" judges were planted with the assistance
of pupils from a local Junior School and a fine job they did
In front of the Cantelupe Centre in the Garden of Remembrance,
a couple of formal beds contain mainly yellow flowers whilst
those at the Cenotaph are mainly red. The red and yellow theme
is one that is repeated on the White Lion Square island.
Two less formal displays can be seen at the seating area in the
Albion Centre Precinct of Bath Street but these are privately
owned and not part of the Council's responsibility.
The hanging baskets that have been erected on Bath Street though
do however come under the Council's jurisdiction and no doubt
contributed towards the "In Bloom" competition. I captured
this image whilst sitting on one of the seats which are placed
at intervals on Bath Street and noted as the sign says they contained
"All Things Nice".
The baskets like the seats are spread at intervals most of the
way down and on both sides of Bath Street.
As a complete contrast to the formal and informal beds and the
hanging baskets I spotted some Antirrhinums or Snapdragons growing
wild in a stone wall. I suppose you could call them wallflowers
but that's a different species altogether.
There are however many "railings flowers" as opposed
to wallflowers at various points along Chalons Way. These in
troughs attached to the railings are at the end of Chalons Way
near Park Road.
The flowers in these railing troughs have drawn many admiring
and appreciative comments from many people and this close up
But of course the piece-de-resistance in the town has to be the
five bed island at White Lion Square surrounded as it is by hanging
baskets and railing troughs and surely the lovely display MUST
have impressed those "In Bloom" judges. All we have
to do now is await the results of their deliberations and see
if the town has once again won a prestigious rating.