Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL

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Lavender Steps

I have published this image before on my Blog…but when the topic nominated for this weeks challenge was ‘Colourful’ I immediately thought of all the colours of nature we get in an English garden across the summer….every hue and tint different from its neighbour even on the same petal.

You can go and see the colourful world of others on this link

https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/lens-artists-photo-challenge-8-colorful/

27th August

(C) David Oakes 2018

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Seasonally Challenged in the Heat

 

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The National Hydrangea Collection, Derby 

It has been a scorcher so far this summer and many flowers are ahead of their season.  Here at the National Hydrangea Collection in the walled garden of Darley Abbey Park they opened the gates to the public several weeks earlier than usual.

As always the collection presents a wide menu of colours and varieties, big blousy heads rubbing shoulders with more delicate petals of others. The Collection has for the past 10 years been cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers.  They have restored what was a ‘lost’ collection to a wonderful display.

I think this year they have had there work has perhaps been particularly difficult. The record wet winter cannot have helped and whilst it was not the coldest the few cold snaps were rather deep.  As we know since the start of spring we have had rapidly increasing temperatures and virtually continuous sunshine.

It has had an impact. Whilst we benefit from an earlier display there have been some downsides.  There are more than a few spaces where plants have been lost. Overall the display is healthy but some do seem to be suffering from lack of water….. the grass between  the displays is testament to the drought.  Likewise some species have nearly finished there flowering cycle and other yet to start with many at that in-between stage.  Still a great display so here is a short virtual tour which I hope you will enjoy…

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24th July

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Mid-Summer Treat…..

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Broomfield Hall Gardens, Derbyshire

Yesterday was Mid-Summer and the weather was about as perfect as one could wish for. But we were also in for a treat…our Grandson Matthew, who is a student at Broomfield Hall, a part of Derby College, invited us to take a tour of part of the Walled Garden that have recently been restored.  Bromfield was once a ‘gentleman’s residence’  built in the 1870’s and the Scottish Garden designer William Barron was commissioned in 1880 to landscape the gardens on the 425 acre estate.

Over the centuries the Hall has had a mixed heritage.  Shortly after WW2 the Estate became an Agricultural College and now has a broad remit of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care.  As for the extensive gardens they had become neglected but slowly but surely they are being restored by both volunteers and students. I am told that despite the passage of time the garden layout and indeed the whole estate boundaries and field structure is the same today as in the 1880’s.

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Many of the plants are raised in the gardens nursery by the Horticultural Students.

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It is still work in progress so we will have to return at intervals to see just what they have instore for us.

It should also be mentioned that the Head Gardener was invited with the College to create a Long Border at the recent RHS Chatsworth Garden Show.  It was the first time they had taken part and to the teams credit they were awarded a Silver Medal…not bad!

22nd June

(C) David Oakes 2018

Two Seasonal Firsts…in the Garden

 

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Edelweiss…

Edelweiss more at home on a summer Alpine meadow in Switzerland than a little corner of our Derbyshire garden.  The sunny spell has encouraged it into is first showing this year….apart from its diminutive size it is difficult to photograph as it only opens its petals in bright sunshine and as we know white and sun don’t easily go together well.

We also have our first Rose bloom this season and again it may be only small (about 1inch across but it is out bright and beautiful the first on what we hope will be many more to come…

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Early summer Clematis and rich Blue Ceanothus also make an appearance…

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We are not precious gardeners….our philosophy has always been if it likes our garden it will grow if not we will try something different but more importantly if strangers self seed from the wild we don’t discourage them….they never last for long but they bring some different and welcome colour and texture whilst visiting us, and they must like the welcome as they often return..

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But we will leave you today with perhaps memories of “The Sound of Music”   que Julie Andrews

Edelweiss.. Oh, Edelweiss…

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21st May

(C) David Oakes 2018

Last of our Dahlias……

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The last of our Dahlia’s…… usually the Dahlia  is a flower that lingers long until the first frost of autumn.  This year, despite some very heavy rains, has  also been the very opposite , very dry and record high temperatures.  Whilst this combination gave us lots of magnificent blooms they are now fading and ragged round their edges with just the odd one sparkling fresh like only a Dahlia ever can.

9th September

(C) David Oakes 2017