Cee’sBlack & White Photo Challenge – Close ups

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 A White Glow

A suggestion for this Weeks Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge

See more submissions on:- https://ceenphotography.com/2016/06/02/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-close-ups/

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3rd June

(C) David Oakes 2016


Weed it out…..


Self Seeded Strawberry

I am afraid that as far as gardening is concerned many of my friends consider me a lost cause. Why, well when you get Strawberry plants self seeding, the general consensus is to pull them out…..now that is something I just don’t go along with.

OK they come up in the most strange places, cracks in paving, path edges or like the one above rooted in moss on a rockery stone.  So I figure if they are that determined to make a home in our garden…let them stay. From an aesthetic point of view they are as pretty as any Alpine. As for fruiting well forget the supermarket size berries but imagine tiny red jewels…True you would need a lot for a meal but as a sweet sensation as you potter about the garden they are just terrific.  It is not a case of Pick and Mix but more like Pick and Pop.

As the season moves along our summer Clematis is now in flower, yes summer must be here…a taster of more to come


Just to prove the point that plants do the ‘real’ gardening in our patch…these Welsh Poppies, also self seeded, have taken over the bench….


no room for bottoms here!

3rd June

(C) David Oakes 2016