Published: 29 May 2013
Lerwick Flower Park
bedding plants One of the most pleasant places to visit in Lerwick, at just about any time of year, is "Da Flooer Park". Almost the first thing I noticed inside the main park gates was the newly planted bedding display.
Park officially opened in September 1963 After a moment I remembered that the correct name for this area is the King George V Park and when I checked outside I found that it will soon be 60 years since the park was officially opened, hence the theme for this bedding area.
The highest temperature we noticed today was 22 degrees centigrade- unusually high for Shetland at any time of year.
The whole park was a blaze of colour as all the flowers opened wide to enjoy the sunshine. Almost all the benches were occupied as people enjoyed the sunshine, with several enjoying picnic lunches.
The tulips were especially beautiful, with some colour combinations reminding me of the knitting I've been doing recently.
Overlooking the park is award winning 5-star Islesburgh House Hostel. This former family home is a beautiful building, both inside and out, and is a very good place to stay when visiting Shetland.
Before I left the park the bowlers came along to enjoy the afternoon sunshine as they competed in a league competition.
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Shetland is the most northerly group of Scottish islands. Apart from mainland Scotland, the other near neighbours are Norway to the east and the Faroe Islands to the north west.