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Whenever my wife and I get to our holiday home in Sussex we always take a trip down to Bognor Regis. We enjoy a walk around the local gardens, namely Marine Park Gardens. This has been vastly improved this year thanks to a grant from the Lottery. It was in these gardens on a Saturday afternoon about three years ago that I suddenly collapsed and was rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke, luckily nothing was wrong and I was back at work on the Monday. My family who are super sympathetic have always reckoned I just fancied a lie-down.
There is an abundance of African Marigolds, Begonias, Geraniums and Petunias in the displays, plus Cordylines etc. As there are many elderly and disabled people in Bognor this has been turned into a sensory garden, so that people can enjoy smell, sound and touch.

One of several Palms with a bedding of African Marigolds and Spider plant

Assorted Geraniums, Verbena with a Cordyline. Quite a few of these displays.

A restful water feature, one of the “sounds” around the gardens.

Lovely Hydrangea in deep shade under a Pine tree.

This one is in full sun.

Stipa Grass, planted for the blind residents of a home nearby, but we can all enjoy them as they make a wonderful sound in the wind.

Geraniums, Petunias with Cineraria Maritima.

One of the many displays of Bedding Begonias, African Marigolds and Petunias.

Several round beds looking very colourful.

This was a surprise, we came across this sundial hidden away in a little corner. It was made by the children of a local school.

And when you stand on the Rose tile your shadow gives you the exact time. ( We know, we tried it)

This was a nice touch, a bed dedicated to the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This was at it’s best two weeks ago when inevitably I didn’t have my camera with me, it seems to have suffered either from the weather or an attack by vandals, it looked a little sad.

The Marigolds and Begonias again, this time with Canna Lilies.

One of several beds of Lavender, lovely colour.

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Lovely to see this as my OH worked at the hotel opposite, where many guests are blind or partially sighted, good to see the gardens are maintained so well. I would say that Bognor Regis is one of the cleanest/tidiest seaside resorts along the South Coast. Sadly, those gardens were subjected to vandalism recently, a sign of the times I'm afraid. Lovely blog. : o )))

10 Aug, 2010


I enjoyed your blog Bob :-) Love the shaded hydrangea and lavender, looks like Bognor needs some rain. We have a sun dial, somewhere, must find it out.

10 Aug, 2010


Dawn, it actualy rained overnight & much of today, first decent rainfall in a long, long time ! I'm about 10 miles East of Bognor so grass is much the same, brown and dry, but I swear I can see it greening up by the minute !

10 Aug, 2010


This is a lovely day out Doctorbob. I only wish I was closer to the south!

10 Aug, 2010


Thanks all, shame about the grass looking so brown. Hopefully Shirley is right and the rain will do the trick.

10 Aug, 2010


great blog, how colourful. Thanks Bob.

16 Aug, 2010

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