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The Roof Top Gardens of Francis Street
The Plants of Bangor Seafront
Please send any pics of elevated greenery of Bangor Seafront or
Ards Francis Street to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Having worked on many roofs in Bangor Town Centre & Newtownards
I kind of assumed that Bangor Seafront had the edge as far as Roof
Gardens go but as I regularly go to Ards I have noticed recently that they
too have a few gems.
All anyone really has to do is take a stroll down Francis Street…(and
look up of course) I just came out of the Barbers today and found this
beauty across the road. Note the natural back drop giving it extra depth.
These chimneys also on Francis street use a more restrained theme yet
the added variety of this particular one gives it a more rounded
This Chimney only a few yards away has gone for the
“Mountain with a tree growing out of its shoulder look”
which is simple yet quite effective.
Someone recently tried to imply there was more Craic in Ards?
But even though my Father was born in William Street Ards.
I must say I would find that statement intellectually flawed.
But less than 5 Miles down the road we can see some real big hitters here
on Bangor Sea Front and you can clearly see we are moving up in class
with this formidable display of the “Desert Island Tidal Turf” look which
Which is very much in at the moment “or is it out”? Its certainly very
current (Strong current?)
The long Beard effect is achieved by the torrents of rain cascading off the
back of this Bangor Seafront haunted house.. (I wonder does the gutter
need cleaned?) But top marks must go to this…..
Buddleja davidii on Bangor Seafront
Buddleja davidii (spelling variant Buddleia davidii), also called summer
lilac, butterfly-bush, or orange eye, a flowering plant from central
China, and also Japan. So this one seems to have come via China and
probably through a hundred Pigeons before the one who ate
it on Southwell Road and later “planted” it here in this very gutter to
be nourished by its winged mentors daily. In peak shape and form in Aug
this decadent context convey drama and tragedy steeped in irony beside
temporary metal box’s paid for by the people of Bangor replete with bored
Artists looking for something to paint.
This picture of Queens parade lays out a much fuller context of the story of Bangor
Seafront than any whitewash ever written in the Bangor Spectacular. Below we can
see the same Buddleja in context with one of these “Box’s” “Project 24” “Art
never sleeps” In reality – “Nature never Sleeps”
We’re all hoping for a revival. like these Palm trees which had clearly been through
a few local pigeons then imprisoned in this seafront gutter before being rescued by
a local builder (seen below in the back of his van) and taken to new home in White-spots.
(A mates Garden) gives hope to us all 🙂
As you can see here below, most of these Cordyline Palms have now found a
new happy home in part of Kyle Wilkinson’s(KW Coach-Finish) Garden at
White Spots were Kyle runs a Sanctuary for Homeless or Sexually Abused plants.
Here’s a nice Bramble Plant on Holborn Avenue off High Street Bangor. I
wonder (since most species are hermaphrodites) will we be able to make
some Jam soon?
Hey look there’s the Ferry! No wait a minute the guttering has been
replaced, No wait a minute the Bramble has been removed Crikey they are
really prickly that must have been a big job – must have used scaffold for
OK so what about this amazing pic from the back of a “House”(for want of
a better word) on Holborn Ave Bangor Co Down – just in today 10th Oct
2014. This was taken from the roof of house next door.
I will try and get another couple to get a better idea of whats really going
Hard to believe this is Holborn Ave?
At Bangor Seafront Development we find the aptly named “King
Street” in all its glory. We can clearly see that these guys don’t need
Sunbeds to thrive.
This is becoming a cake walk for Bangor
There was some big Newtownard’s talk about plants growing up through houses in Court Street Newtownard’s but nothing Materializing yet? Actually talking about Cake there’s a nice Coffee Shop a few yards from here? what’s this they call it?
Hey this came via email without a name. Well at least it puts Holwood on the Holywood Roofers Garden Map
And this other one was sent from basically across the road. What is it with Tanning Studios and roof plants? 🙂 Keep em coming – still no sign of any Roof Plants of Court Street from the big talking Newtownard’s poster! (Make that Boaster)
Here’s another couple of offering from just off Holywood Main Street
King Street, Bangor
Below we can see a long shot of King Street, Bangor and how
they seem to have nailed the new “Ex-Soviet Border Town look”
Belfast Ravenhill Park Garden’s
And here comes Belfast as we see this Ash Tree growing away on this from this Chimney in Ravenhill Park Gardens.
Francis Street Newtownards end of days look.
It’s actually the Bangor side of Francis Street but what about this couple of totally amazing pics from Mr Kane in Ards? Is this a possible winner? Certainly has that End of days – Ebola / Disaster / Back to nature vibe about it. Certainly a bit of class. 🙂
This Bangor Marina shot has gotta be in the same ball park?
And what about this Bangor Pic? Any one know where this was taken?
This one too – Just another North Down Derelict.