I was walking through the panny in the tunnel under the road, it was a rite of passage. Girls didn’t usually go there, except me and Linda Wright. It was okay until we reached the bend under Heavitree bridge, then the darkness wrapped itself around us, like a coffin slamming shut.
There were rats of course, occasionally one would scuttle over our plimsoles. Even scarier were the eels, they slithered in noisy gangs with their ugly whiskers. We didn’t dare confess that the green stains on our clothes came from slipping on the algae covered pebbles. As I rose in the dark these memories came rushing back again.
Julia’s prompt for week 151 is . . . as I rose in the dark, and my piece isn’t fiction!
A trip to a garden centre will always give you a chance to see colourful flowers, and Otter Nurseries quite close to me, is a lovely one to visit. Outside, their displays are full of planting ideas for all seasons, with perennials, bulbs, trees and veggie plants on offer. I liked these.
Gentian, such lovely blue
Chrysanths flower prolifically
A grassy shelter
Yellow coneflowers/ echinacea
And inside the huge greenhouse, some exotics.
Young olive trees
New Guinea Impatiens
Much more affordable and able to withstand the English climate are these dear little Violas.
These are my favourite colours
But they are all lovely
If you have loads of money and space,
You could treat yourself to one of these, But I’ll have to just enjoy looking around! Do you have a favourite plant centre?