A Splash of Colour…….

PanziesWinter Pansies….

Despite the cold, the frosts, the wild winds and of course what has at time seemed like endless rain….our Winter Flowering Pansies are flourishing…..tempting us with the colours of Spring that are to come.

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2018


It’s Cyclamen Time again….


It is that time of year again when we start to bring some outdoor colour into our homes….   and top of that list must be the Cyclamen….. and just like many other folk we are suckers for these floral wonders.

3rd November

(C) David Oakes 2017

Possibly the Last Taste of Summer….


Bright yellow Chrysanthemum heads have survived the weekends gales and rains, clustering together for protection


A lone Dahlia makes a defiant statement…. whilst possibly the last of the Rose blooms still look fresh as the first buds that burst…


Summer may well be fading but our garden flowers are not going without a last colourful flourish…..at least we have the autumnal charms of mist, shapes and colour to come.

24th October

(C) David Oakes 2017


A Surprise Garden…..




Osgood Mackenzie had a wealthy and generous mother. She bought him a rather large piece of ground on the shores of Loch Ewe close to Poolewe. That gift was the start of the creation of a wonderful surprise for this far north and on the rugged coast of Scotland. Taking advantage of the North Atlantic Drift (Gulf Stream) the area enjoys a climate that is just a little warmer.  So in 1862 the start of what is now know as Inverewe Gardens was made.

Even though our visit was early October the garden was still packed with colour….true the very best of summers herbaceous borders was fading and the autumn colours were not yet in full flourish but the garden still offered a colourfull display with a tropical flavour……so come along inside and share the pleasures…

The Gardens are now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, and apart from the Christmas New Year Period, are open all year….


17th October

(C) David Oakes 2017


Last of our Dahlias……


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