Northumberland Walks

Member Susan Dawson tells us in her bio, “At the start of the COVID19 pandemic I found it very difficult to concentrate on writing, but one of the things we appreciated being able to do in the lockdown in England was to go for a walk. My sister and I, hundreds of miles apart, started sending each other a photo of a different flower every day.”
After reading her bio, the ZenGarden.club staff asked Susan if she might be willing to share some of those daily pictures.  Happily, she said yes, and here is the result!   We hope you enjoy these walks with Susan through the beautiful countryside and villages of her native Northumberland, in the northern part of England.
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"Variegated cosmos" - photo by Susan Dawson
A variegated cosmos, Cosmos being the Greek word for harmony. These plants belong to the Asteraceae family, and in this case were planted in the beds of a small public garden in Morpeth, Northumberland, which is tended by the local garden centre. The flowers form a beautiful cloud of colour, as they dance on their long slender stems, and I couldn’t walk by them this morning without getting my phone out for a quick snap.



The triffid-like flowers and stems of the globe artichokes in the gardens overlooking the harbour stand guard over the pretty coastal village of Craster.
Globe Artichokes - photo by Susan Dawson
Statue of Emily Wilding Davison - Photo by Susan Dawson
The statue of Emily Wilding Davison sits with her dish of spilled food, representing her prison hunger strike, surrounded by the UK suffragette colours of purple, white and green. The beds of tall salvia, phlox and wallflowers mark out Emily’s garden within Carlisle park at Morpeth.
Learn more about this fascinating woman:

Emily Wilding Davison – Slide Show

The fluffy white flower umbrels of cow parsley contrast with the swaying banks of reeds on this misty morning in Druridge Bay nature reserve.
Cow parsley and Reeds - photoby Susan Dawson
Devil's Paintbrush - picture by Susan Dawson
It is easy to see how the small wild flowers of devil’s paintbrush get their name when they appear, hairy and brilliant, on the grassy roadside verges.

 

 

All pictures and text are from Susan Dawson. Click on her picture below to visit her Winner’s page and read her award-winning stories.
Susan Dawson, Writer and Photographer
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