We last visited the botanical gardens in Lister Park in Bradford in April 2014, you can read about that visit in my Garden Visiting In April - Part One post. I was a bit disappointed in the gardens when we visited then and I was going to say that there wasn't very much to see on this visit either, however, when I looked back at the photos I'd taken, I realised that there was quite a bit of interest given the time of year.
There's a lovely calming sound of running water as you wander around the garden with little streams and waterfalls running alongside the paths.
Most of the borders were looking quite bedraggled. This is to be expected at this time of year I suppose, and at least they're not completely bare.
Most of the trees have lost their leaves which are now covering the ground. There's lots of cyclamen underneath the trees in this photo but you can't really make them out because of the covering of leaves.
There's patches of cyclamen in a few areas around the garden.
It was a very cold day for our visit but the sun came out and it was catching the silver white trunk of this silver birch tree.
I'm always fascinated by monkey puzzle trees. This is a fine specimen.
I have honesty in my own garden, it's a plant I associate with my grandma as she often had the dried seed heads displayed in vases. I love how the sun catches them here.
There wasn't very much colour in the garden but there were odd pops here and there. The colour in the flowers of this hydrangea were faded but I thought they were beautiful.
Such large blooms. They've done well to last so long.
Another pop of colour from sedum, a great autumn plant which attracts hordes of bees and butterflies.
There was lots of bamboo growing in the garden, a plant I love for the rustling and swishing noise it makes as the wind blows through it.
Pampas grass is another plant which appeals to the senses. I can't pass the fluffy fronds without wanting to touch them.
This fatsia japonica is just getting ready to flower. This is a plant I'd love in my own garden.
This isn't a garden I'd particularly recommend, however, there are other aspects to Lister Park which are worth a visit, the Mughal Gardens which I wrote about in my Garden Visiting In April - Part Two post, a large boating lake, and Cartwright Hall which houses Bradford's civic art gallery, as well as the formal gardens outside Cartwright Hall which contains some interesting sculptures. You can read more in my Lister Park post which I wrote on my Through The Keyhole blog.
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