Last of our Dahlias……

Dahlia

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

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Back to Work….

Back-to-work

Back to Work….

It is back to work after a long weekend….but for some there was no let up, jobs to do, places to BEE….and for the Bee’s and many other insects it bonanza time for nectar and pollen.  Late summer could be the last opportunity to stock up for the winter.

29th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

Hydrangea Season again……

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National Hydrangea Collection, Darley, Derby

The new season for Hydrangea’s is upon us….the blooms are just starting to produce the rich cushions of petals above the dark green foliage.  The weather over the past few weeks has been far from kind, so in a gap in the rains and whilst the clouds broke just a little, I thought I would see how this years blooms were doing.

The National Hydrangea Collection is hidden within an old walled garden.  Located at Darley Abbey Park, Derby and is perhaps one of Derby’s best kept secrets. One time Derby was a mass of flowers across the summer but sadly our council, in its so called wisdom, has cut the Parks and Gardens budget to near zero.  Truth is if it wasn’t for a dedicated bunch of volunteers this collection would have vanished….it is sad as Derby was the location for the first ever Public Park and has until recently an enviable record on maintain some great parks and open spaces.

The best Blooms are yet to come ……so with luck and some good weather I will try and pop back, just hoping that this spell of bad weather does not cause too much damage.

6th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

 

Seasons are changing…..

Mombrettia-Season

Montbretia have arrived…

The vibrant and rich red and gold of the Montbretia have burst onto the scene…..   Montbretia for me are a sign that autumn is well on the way. So to my mind they seedm to have arrived  a little early this year.

Still a very welcome (if early) visitor to the garden, the long thin steams wafting in the slightest breeze.

3rd August

(C) David Oakes 2017

Just a little sunshine……

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Agapanthus…..

Whilst we have been away on what was for the most part a very sunny holiday, the garden back here at home has obviously been suffering from a deluge or two. Much of the garden is showing signs of trauma and shouting out for some tender attention.

That is all apart from this Agapanthus which is looking healthy and basking in a little of the sunshine we brought home with us 🙂

But the day wasn’t over and the weather gave us another surprise….

 maybe this rainbow was a message of more good things to come…

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Its nice to travel but nice to be home.

28th July

(C) David Oakes 2017