Tim and I set off for a quick walk to Dunham Massey to go and check out the progress of the new winter gardens at about 11.00 am this morning. The plan was to walk there, have tea and a scone, then walk back. However, it didn’t really turn out like that.

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We weren’t actually dressed for a long walk, but we ended up being out for about 4.30 hours and walked about 7 miles in the end. We ended up walking to Dunham as planned, thereafter, we took the back route back to Altrincham town, went shopping (I bought new walking boots and found my favourite expensive shampoo at the pound shop!)
The winter gardens, at first, doesn’t look like much. The trees are bare, and leaves cover most of the ground.
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Then you notice the odd flower. I shall show my ignorance and admit to now knowing what type of flowers these are.
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As you carry on walking, you see bigger splashes of colour. Some subtle, some vibrant and contrasting. The purple are little irises. Not sure what the yellow plants are, but they look pretty together.

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There are clumps of spring bulbs coming up. Once again, not sure what these are, but they look like tulips to me. Tim disagrees. We’ll have to wait and see what they turn into!

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These flowers come in two colours: white and dusty pink. But there weren’t too many of them.

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The irises are pretty spectacular. They seem smaller than the irises I know – no more than 15 cms high. Is that normal? Or is that small? There are 3 main colours: this brilliant blue, pale blue and deep purple.
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The pale blue ones are barely visible in some areas as they blend into the colours beneath the trees.
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And you’d think the purple ones would stand out, but once again you can see how they blend in to give the area a purple tint.
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Of course, the snowdrops are out in force, they I can recognise, but no idea what these dainty, pretty flowers are.
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Another mystery clump of brilliant yellow. There were a few clumps around, and they look great. Yes, you guessed, I have no idea what they are! Are they just lots of crocuses together?
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The bright green is as a result of plants growing in the water.
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I was dressed very inappropriately for the amount of walking we ended up doing …