Thursday, August 27, 2015

Golders Hill Park

           I continue my stories about English gardens I've visited this summer. Golders Hill Park adjoins the West Heath and is on the site formerly occupied by a large house which was bombed during World War II. It was opened to the public in 1898 and has been managed as a historically important park by the City of London since 1989. 
Going up the hill I suddenly saw London's houses, churches, towers. Landscaped grounds were around me containing an expanse of grass and ancient oaks.

 

I'd read a lot about the Golders Hill park so went directly to a duck pond and a small humpbacked bridge above the pond. 



Once I crossed the duck pond bridge I saw families with children feeding ducks, ducklings and geese. Then I went to see a water garden. There were water and bog plants those names I didn't know except poppies, water lilies and irises.


 I loved these flowers, they were everywhere decorating meadow around a pond with yellowish water.


There were many plants growing near the pond and in the water, I realized some of them were new to me. 
The next visit was to a recently renovated small zoo to see animal enclosures, that contains a variety of animals and birds, such as donkeys, rheas, maras, pheasants, ring-tailed lemurs, kookaburras, sacred ibis, big and little egrets, Eurasian eagle-owls and others. I took some pictures of birds and animals those I had seen :


Next to a duck pond the Butterfly House was situated. I'd like to take a look of beautiful tropical species of these fascinating insects but unfortunately it was closed when I came there.


I went back to the hill, sat down on grass and began watching the pictures those I've taken to show you.



There I found wonderful Walled garden, I'll tell in my next post. Stay tuned!

What do you think about such public gardens? 
Did you go to any zoo with your children or grandchildren? 
What do you think when you see birds or animals in cages?





Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Aster and Astilbe



I love them!