I was inspired by A Tidewater Gardener who set a challenge to take a Winter Walk before 19 March, when winter officially ends, and share with others what can be seen on that walk. There are those who have posted a Winter Walk who live in beautiful picturesque villages with scenic views, good enough to be in a holiday brochure. Not everybody is lucky enough to live by the seaside so, despite the misty chilly morning, I set foot with my camera to take a pictorial trip down to the seafront.
The most direct route is a very wide road lined either side with majestic fir trees. I love this road because the trees form a fantastic archway with the sea at the bottom of the road.
I love the pattern of tree bark.
It was so misty there was little point in taking a photo of the view from the top of the road, there wasn’t one this morning and it would just have been a white photo. The photo above is facing up the road.
I clearly remember going to the seaside as a child and the competition between my brother and I as to who could shout “I can see the sea” first. There is still a sense of excitement to get to the bottom of the road and smell, hear and see it. I take my mum down in her wheelchair these days and we have our own competition as to whether the tide is in or out. This morning the tide was out.
There is a park with a bowling green and pitch and putt on the front with a pretty garden. I like it because it doesn’t have the formality of the usual park garden, but at this time of year there is not much to photograph, that is where it falls down, it is not a winter garden. There were some lovely crocuses, most of which were flattened by the earlier rain but the intensity of colour was well worth capturing. It was such a contrast to the grey and misty morning.
The park, being sited just across from the sea, surprises me to find olive trees with their gnarled trunks and wispy leaves. They seem out of place somehow, more suited to a beach in Greece, but its good to see them surviving the ravages of winter by the sea. I do know how hardy they are, though, and I have one in my garden, although not all wizened and old like these.
Just before I left the park, I suddenly saw a couple of daffodils poking out of a lavender bush. They too seemed out of place but there they were, growing happily and bravely, where they shouldn’t be.
Crossing the road on to the seafront, there is the Southern Water drought garden. When it first appeared the wood sculptures were new and bright and stood out a bit, but it has weathered well and the drought resistance plants such as Sea Thrift are thriving. Yes, the sea is there but you can hardly make out the horizon, it was so misty.
Finally, before I turned for my walk home, I had to take a photo of seaweed, after all it is part and parcel of the seaside. It adds to the ozone, although in summer months it can sometimes be a bit overpowering. This seaweed had collected in a piece of driftwood, like a little bowl of seaside salad.
I hope you enjoyed my Winter Walk which, after 19 March, will change constantly throughout the seasons.
Thank you Plantaliscious for your lovely blog post, without which I would not have known about Winter Walk.
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