With the completion of this year’s Teddy Bear Trail, all the teddies are returning to their homes. Bad Mood Bear is taking time out to catch up with his reading.
Glorious Gardens Awards.
Once again the Glorious Gardens competition brought to attention some wonderful Jesmond gardens. These were the award winners:
Small garden: 16 Northumberland Gardens. This small space is densely filled with a range of very unusual plants, with dramatic use of strong, dark colours. The bright touches of red and yellow provide a colourful lift. In addition there are some lovely features around the front door, including solar lights woven into shrubs, and a small tree.
Large Garden: 16 Tankerville Terrace. This garden was a pleasing mixture of flowering pots and borders, containing perennials and bedding plants surrounding a little lawn. There was a row of pots lining the path leading to the front door. All the plants were in bloom and it was delightfully colourful. Two Buddha statues added a touch of serenity.
Wildlife friendly: 25 Holly Avenue. This is a long front garden, with a huge mature lime tree on its front boundary. The tree has had its crown lifted to allow light in, and the area beneath is cultivated as a woodland garden with many wildflowers and a woodpile. A small lawn includes an area of long grass and a table feeder, and there are also bird feeders and a bird bath. The whole area is densely planted, including use of the fence between neighbours. The garden adjoins many similar front gardens and provides as much as possible for wildlife, while creating a colourful space.
Single Container: 61 Grosvenor Gardens. A very attractive pot with lovely contrast between white and purple flowers against darker foliage. Simple but effective and works well in the context of sparkling pebbles.
Log on to the web site of the Friends of St. George’s and you will find 20 images of places in Jesmond.
See if you can identify them and then check the answers which will be posted on FOSG web site at the end of the Jesmond Festival.
There is no prize. It is just your personal challenge and your personal result.
This year’s Teddy Bear Trail includes two options. This is the Red Trail, which passes Reid Park Road, Holly Avenue and Highbury, starting and finishing at Jesmond Library, where more information is displayed.
For the first time this year’s Blue Teddy Bear Trail reaches High West Jesmond! All the teddies may not be in place until 22 May. Full information is available in the window of Jesmond Library where the trail starts.
The routes for this year’s two Teddy Bear Trails are now on display in a window of Jesmond Library, but all the teddies will not be in place until Saturday 22 May, so you will have to be patient for a few more days yet!