Manchester Flower Show – 3

My Monday walk this week, which has now become a Tuesday walk, covers my second day in Manchester and this time I started by looking for flower show exhibits and installations which were away from the immediate centre. Less than ten minutes walk north east from Victoria Station brought me to Angel Meadow and the first installation, a leafy giraffe and a baby elephant.
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Back past Victoria Station and I had a fairly long walk down to the far end of Deansgate to get to Deansgate Square and the Towers of Flowers, the next installation, but when I finally found it I was less than impressed. Photos on Instagram and the flower show website showed a tall display of colourful blooms with three high rise towers in the background – they were great shots and I wanted to create my own version but for some reason any colour had gone. The display was dull and looked scruffy and however I tried I just couldn’t get the shot I wanted.
Moving on from there it was a reasonably short walk to my next stop, the pleasantly pedestrianised area of First Street where I found some quirky installations with watering cans and a lovely bright display on top of the entrance to the Innside hotel, while a nearby railway bridge had a large floral arrangement hanging underneath each of its arches.
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Next on the list was the Whispering Wisteria, a tree sculpture draped with 500 pieces of wisteria and situated at Circle Square on Oxford Road. Hidden in its branches were tiny speakers broadcasting the sounds of the community around Circle Square and though they weren’t loud they weren’t exactly whispering. The tree itself was nice though and while the wisteria may have been artificial it was a lovely colour and worth seeing.
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Along the road I should have been able to find another secret garden at the Kimpton Clock Tower Hotel but again the reality bore no resemblance to what was on the internet. Unless the garden was actually inside the hotel, which looked too posh for me to go in wearing t-shirt, cycling shorts and trainers, there was no evidence of it anywhere on the outside, though to compensate for its apparent invisibility I did take a photo of the florist’s stall at the entrance as they were supposed to have created it.
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A ten-minute walk from there took me to ‘Picnicadilly’, a side section of Piccadilly Station approach which had been fenced off and turned into a very pleasant picnic area with shrubs, artificial grass and picnic benches.
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Down the road to Piccadilly Gardens and on Portland Street I found Soak In The City, a bath full of flowers situated in the ground floor window of a modern office block, but again the reality wasn’t the same as the website. The internet had shown a very pretty photo of the bath taken from inside what seemed to be a reception area but with the building closed there was no access so unfortunately I could only get my shots from outside. Disappointing really but there was a pretty tree just outside the door so at least I got a reasonable shot of that.
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Back across to the far side of Piccadilly Gardens I revisited Stevenson Square in the NQ to check if I’d missed anything on my previous visit; I hadn’t really, though I did find some small fancy trees in pots outside a restaurant down a narrow side street. From there it was down to the Arndale shopping centre and another search for the floral bee sculpture inspired by the 2018 public art trail Bee In The City. This time I found it quite easily and its location proved that it wasn’t there when I’d looked for it before.
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Next I was on a quest to find a bike covered in orange blooms supposedly situated in King Street. I hadn’t known about it on my previous visit and though it seemed to be too bright to miss I couldn’t see it anywhere even though I walked the length of King Street and back. I did however use the opportunity to photograph one or two things which I hadn’t done previously.
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The next on my list was the King Street Town House which promised a very pretty frontage. It wasn’t actually on King Street, it was a couple of streets away from the top end but I found it easily enough and though the front wasn’t exactly awash with flowers the entrance was very pretty.
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Just along the street was the Belvedere modern office block, though with a name like that it should really have been a hotel. Here in what would normally be the main entrance was Swing Into Summer, a large and very lovely floral display with a swing at its centre. I’d known nothing about it as it wasn’t mentioned anywhere on the internet so I found it by accident but I was glad I did as it really was nice.
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Heading back to Victoria Station I had one last place to go to, the Corn Exchange not far from the cathedral. My main reason for going there will be featured in a future post as I took many more photos than I expected but I was also delighted to find that both entrances were covered in flowers, making my last two shots exceptionally colourful.
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As I headed back home on the train I was glad to take the weight off my feet for a short while. I don’t know how far I walked round the city centre that day but it was certainly some distance, and after almost seven hours on foot I was glad to get home and chill out for a while.

12 thoughts on “Manchester Flower Show – 3

  1. I love the giraffe and elephant in Angel Meadow, I’d not seen them. You must have walked a good 8 miles at least!

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    1. Eight miles seems a lot just round the city centre though I often surprise myself with how far I do walk if I’m finding things to photograph. I would have taken my pedometer this time but it’s decided to hide itself somewhere where I can’t find it 🙂

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  2. Seven hours Eunice, now that’s dedication. Love the giraffes and there are some very pretty floral displays. You took some wonderful photos.

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  3. Thank you Eileen, I’m glad you like them. Time usually has no meaning for me when I’m ‘on a mission’ and with no real rush to go home I just get the next available train when I get to the station.

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  4. My oh my!!!!!!!!! That is some show they put on. Is it always that good or have they gone to town (no pun intended) this year because of last years tough times? Wish I could have seen it. Thanks for the photos. Take care & hugs.

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  5. I don’t know what the flower show is normally like as I’ve never been before. It only came into the city in 2018 after being held elsewhere and it didn’t take place at all last year so I don’t know if it’s usually like that or if they’ve pulled out all the stops this time, I only found out about it by accident but now I know about it I’ll certainly go back next year.

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  6. This is such a lovely idea – I wonder if other UK cities will adopt it? I love the baby elephant, and the wisteria too even though it’s artificial.

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  7. Maybe other cities already do something like that though I haven’t come across anything on the internet. I would love to be able to go to a ‘proper’ flower show but any that are within reasonable reach of home are ticket only events, something which isn’t feasible for me. That’s the one thing I liked about Manchester, because the displays were so spread out across the city it wasn’t a chargeable event. It was also quite an adventure going looking for everything even if it did take a lot of leg work 🙂

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  8. Wow, some fabulous displays. I love the giraffe and elephant, and the telephone box in your last post is fabulous. I know they’re artificial flowers but still, quite the impact. You must have covered miles in the two days you were there.

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  9. There were some really lovely displays, I took so many photos it was hard to decide which ones to put on here. I don’t know how far I walked the first day but I’ve calculated that I did 8.6 miles this time 🙂

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  10. Some of the displays weren’t the easiest to find and I know I will have missed a few but the ones I did find were lovely even if they weren’t all real flowers. I’ve just got wind of some new street art going up at various locations around the city so guess where I’ll soon be going back to! 🙂

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