Deep in the Woods…..


Everything is now growing at breakneck speed.  The Bluebells are now starting to be swamped by more vigorous woodland herbage and brambles.  Our local wood has been fantastic this year with more Bluebells than I can ever remember, you can still find some areas where they are providing a wide vista of blue…


One of the best ‘first finds’ this spring is this Lily. Always found on the edges of woodland or in the hedgerows it is known as ‘Lords and Ladies’ or ‘Cuckoo Pint’ (and many other old country names) it is actually an Arum Lily and its proper name is Arum Maculatum….


Out in the meadows it is now Dandelion time, a plant that certainly doesn’t hide itself away. Not so brash is the May Flower much more delicate, more often than not, standing in loan isolation.

 The weekends rain has certainly encouraged a rush of new growth….. not bad for the last day of April

30th April

(C) David Oakes 2019




Some Proper Spring Weather……


Sunshine and Showers and a much cooler climate, weather that is much more like the Spring weather we expect.

Yesterday morning’s woodland walk was fresh and stimulating. New growth everywhere, the bright greens and yellows of new leaves and of course lots of Bluebells. I hesitate to say it has been a bumper year for these iconic woodland flowers, but it might well be.  I make no apology for featuring these drifts of Blue again…after all we cannot enjoy them for long, in fact many are now retracting and falling back to disappear for another year.

26th April

(C) David Oakes 2019

Not all Bluebells are Blue……..





Our woodlands are starting to fill with Bluebells.  The largest number are the true British Bluebell, rich in colour, density and scent. But increasingly you can find invaders often called Spanish Bluebells and they are not always blue…. pale blue, thru pink to white is there colour range, nor do they have any scent.  But just like our British Bluebells they are not with us for long, just until all the light is blocked out by the new woodland leaves.

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2019


It was a Record Breaker…….


Blossom Time…. and other Spring First’s

It was a Record Breaker….it is true.  Easter Weekend is actually a 4 day of national holiday and this Easter it has been all blue skies and sunshine…. sunshine that has raised temperatures to produce record high temperatures in all regions of the UK.  OK it’s been hot,t what is more surprising is that we have a standing joke…”that is always rains on public holidays” …. well not this year.

2019 has been a year where the seasonal rule book didn’t apply. Overall its been dry, mild and sunny, true we did have the occasional frost, the high winds, and some odd days of rain, but for the most part its just been rather nice and very different. Nature has been mixed up with most plants being early whilst others a little later.

One early bloom is this Rhododendron, our first to burst into glorious colour…


We exercised discretion this holiday.  We knew the roads and hot spots would be overcrowded so we just enjoyed our local area. Walking by the River, through the Parks, into the Woodlands packed with Bluebells, found Wild Garlic about to flower, sat by the Lake, watched Artist out sketching, enjoyed our Garden where a pair of Blackbirds were busy taking turns feeding young on a nest so well hidden it remains a secret.

It was a holiday weekend just right to take your time in doing nothing, pausing to just sit and stare before continuing to potter along doing nothing in particular….made a change just to relax and the warm sunshine reflecting on the wonders of Spring…


23rd April

(C) David Oakes 2019