This end of the Parade Gardens was scruffy and neglected but a real hot spot for just sitting and enjoying the sun. The Friends thought it would be nice when enjoying the sun to have something atractive to look at, hence the idea came up for a wild flower meadow (albeit a small one).
We persuaded the council to dig all the shrubs out with their heavy machinery and then the Friends volunteers set to work to create the bed.
Next on the list was this rather plain wall behind the new wild flower bed.
Local artist and Friends supporter Barbara Singleton designed and produced giant murals depicting old and new local scenes cleverly stitched together. They provide a magnificent backdrop to the Wild Flowers.
First wild flowers coming up.
We put a rope around the area to give the seeds more of a chance but we came unstuck when it came to joining the ropes. Fortunately Hoylake lifeboat crew came to our rescue and did some magnificent rope knots.
The wild flower meadow has been going for some years now, some years there is an excellent show and other years not so good. The problem is the uncertainty of the weather and the lack of a water supply. Although the latter has now been solved with United Utilities putting in a water supply free of charge.
The main drawback to the wildflower meadow is that in the winter months there is nothing to see but soil. We are therefore planning some major changes to the bed. We are adding a graveled area with an old boat, a number of large coiled ropes along with other boating items. In the spring we will be planting waves of grasses and of course the wild flowers.
Watch this space or better still take a walk in the gardens and see the bed develop.