Last Day of April….

April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers…..

The old rhyme may well be true even if this year April has, until the last few days, not provided many showers. But the flowers both in our garden and in the wild are showing their colours.

The Poppy above is a bit of a ‘Cross Over’…..usually found along country lanes, in the shadow of hedges. However these little beauties have self seeded in our garden some years ago and for a few brief days flourish. Not sure what their real name is but we have always known them as Welsh Poppies. They are similar to Icelandic Poppies but very much smaller. The single flower head is not much bigger then my thumb nail, it is carried on a slim but long stem that hardly looks strong enough, the length of the stem depending upon the growth around it as it stretches to reach above all else. Colour is orange fading to deep yellow and the petals just like tissue paper.

Again many class this little wonder as a weed… let me repeat my mantra “a weed is just a flower in the wrong place”……but who’s to say which is the wrong place.

30th April
(C) David Oakes 2015


Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place

Castle and Roses….


Location:- Chirk Castle (circa 1295) from the Rose Garden, Ceiriog Valley,Wales

29th April

(C) Davis Oakes 2015

Spring is full of Surprises

I am always amazed that on such a relatively small group of island as the U.K. that the weather should be so varied from place to place and from day to day.

Today the forecaster predicted a return to wintery conditions.  Very true for to the north of us there was snow and strong winds.  To the south it was heavy rains.

But across the central belt we enjoyed a very sunny spring day…… we did have a north wind but the cold it carried before it did little to reduce the warmth from the sunshine.  All in all it was just a great day to enjoy the new ‘spring green’ filling the woodland.  Bluebell carpets, Cowslips and lush wild hedgerows racing to cover every space, even Fallow Deer calmly grazing and still waters on the Lake.

Dreaded by Gardeners who wage war on them,the Dandelion is now gracing the hedgerows….as well as many otherwise pristine lawn……A weed some cry reaching for the extermination liquid. I prefer to think that Dandelions aren’t weeds just a plant in the wrong place and a garden may well be the wrong place….the hedgerow is another matter.


The Dandy of the hedgerow

28th April

(C) David Oakes 2015

Not Long Now…..

Clematis Buds are near to Bursting……


It looks like a bumper display of flowers are in store for the garden this Spring……  Over the past two days the buds on the Clematis have suddenly swollen in small clusters ready to burst.  At the moment the sun is shining but heavy rains are forecast which may well not just dampen our spirits but damage the flower blossom just as it bursts.  We just have to wait and see.

27th April

(C) David Oakes 2015