Our First Crocus….

March Crocus

Our First Crocus… but not yet Spring

A welcome splash of Spring colour .  Doesn’t matter what colour of crocus that grace your garden it is that bright yellow stamen that hits you.

It is also another welcome sign that Spring is really on the way…..only 12 more days until it is the equinox we are waiting for.

8th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


March Snows will soon be over…..


Spring Daffodils, Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Just a little encouragement.  The remnants of the snow from the past few days will soon be gone and like a miracle Spring will burst upon us.

It never is an exact science as to just when that will be in March, but here is a reminder from mid-March last year….a golden glow of Daffodils.

Not long to go….

4th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


New Growth……. Above and Below


Bluebells and Sycamore

The new growth of spring is now all about us.  Trees, in this case Sycamore are showing off their new bright green leaves whilst on the woodland floor below the Bluebells are now also in a race to flower and spread, it is a race before the tree canopy casts its shadow over them for another year.




On the fringes new woodland growth is also establishing itself.  Already casting a dark glow over the bare floor below.  Not sure how long it will be before the understore will develop, a good deal will depend upon when it is decided to thin the young trees to allow them to flourish and more light to peculate ….


On the very edge of the woodland, Wild Cherry is also in Blossom, its delicate flowers are hoping that no winds of any consequence arrive till the pollen is set….

The weather whilst sunny has also been very cold, the nights particularly so.

-5c in this part of Central England and I am told much colder elsewhere.  The positive, if there is one, is that perhaps the cooler daytime temperatures will allow the Bluebells to have a slightly long life then their usual brief flourish.

20th April

(C) David Oakes 2017

Spring Green encroaches……


Green ….Again !

No doubting that spring has sprung, everywhere is bursting with green.  Green in every shade and tint that you can imagine.

Green we are also told that it does the sole, and just about every other aspect of our human bodies, a world of good.

For those in the UK or who have access to the BBC Radio I-Player  then tune into a programme that was broadcast on Radio 4 at 1.45pm on the 12th April.  It is 15 minutes of everything you didn’t know about the colour green…..worth a listen.

Here is a link to the I-player:-    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio

and a link to the programme


14th April

(C) David Oakes 2017