Lancaster's in the Pink
PUBLISHED: 11:29 17 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:06 20 February 2013
Photographer John Cocks spends a fine spring day in Lancaster and discovers a natural glow covering the Lancashire city<br/>Words: Amanda Griffiths
THOSE hardy, yellow daffodils may still be providing a cheerful yellow glow in the county, but as we move deeper into spring another rush of colour is invading our scenery as trees everywhere burst with blossom.
A rosy, pink glow is harnessing the branches of trees everywhere, but these pictures of cherry blossom in Lancaster show just what a difference the delicate flowers make to the landscape.
Photographer John Cocks found the best displays in the Memorial Gardens by Lancaster's Town Hall, where the delicate petals catch the spring sunlight and cast a glow among the lush green leaves of the other trees.
Immaculately trimmed flower beds full of other seasonal plants like tulips, complete the perfect springtime picture. But it's not just the Memorial Gardens that are a haven for blossom, many of the city's other landmark buildings like The Priory Church and Ashton Memorial also have the fragile-looking blossoms in their sights - they might not be hanging directly overhead, but photographed as they are here the blossom provides a fantastic frame for the historical buildings which although are architecturally wonderful may look a touch stern and imposing on a bleak winter's day.
Elsewhere in the city, flower beds along roadsides, displays in planters in the city centre and tended beds at other visitor attractions like William Penny's Almhouses off King Street all burst with colour too.
Blossom is arguably one of our favourite flowers, possibly because its delicate nature means it doesn't hang around for long - even the gentlest of breezes will see it falling like natural confetti. Cherries were widely planted during the 1960s and now line streets and adorn parks wherever you go, but it's not just the cherry blossom bursting with colour this month, our native crab apple, pear, ash and elm trees all provide their own pretty displays too.
Parks and gardens will also see the flush of deep yellows of the laburnum and forsythia, as well as white, yellows, pinks, reds and violets of rhododendron flowers blossoming into their own displays of seasonal colour. And of course, there are the bright displays of violets, primroses and tulips.
All in all this month is going to be a very colourful one and its only going to get better as we move deeper into the year.