Just Another Spring Day….. and each one is getting better.


April started with some wild winds, these moderated, remained persistent and turned very cold.  We did though get a good deal of sunshine and in the sheltered areas the thermometer reached 16c….not bad for the start of April.


It is that change over period of Spring.  Early Blossom is fading and late Blossoms are just bursting. The winds have caused some problems for the Magnolia who are dropping the majestic waxy petals too soon. Daffodils are all but gone whilst Bluebells are starting to show. Tulips are full out, even those where the petals have fallen show a different character.  Marsh Marigolds by the lake and Wood Anemones beneath the trees…who in turn are now starting to show their leaves.  The Birch is the first, but Poplar, Chestnut and even some Oak are on the way…. some leaves bright spring green with others like the poplar a greyish white, their green is yet to come.

  Our new Bridge in the Park is settling in and wetland planting will soon be possible to complete this renovated waterway.


12th April

(C) David Oakes 2019


Spring’s Colourful Spotlight……


Our First Tulip..

After many dark days in the garden over the past few months Spring is now shinning its spotlight creating some startling colour hotspots.

Hardy larger Daffodils are now being replaces by there more delicate cousin the Narcissus, whilst Forsythia is not going to be out done on the yellow front…

The Mahonia who’s hardy dark green leaves have shrugged off the heavy rains are now adding their own startlingly red vibrance…  contrasting with the more subtle shades of the early Pink Blossom’s



18th March

(C) David Oakes 2019

Last Weekend of February…. Busy Bee’s


The Last weekend in February.  Looking back we would still be either covered with snow, enduring heavy frosts, cold or at the best heavy rains.

Not this year.  We have been enjoying a warm spell much more like late spring.  temperatures hovering around 17c, clear blue skies and bright sunshine.

So our conscience got the better of us and a weekend tidying up the garden was called for…nothing dramatic, just a bit of care and attention and getting the garden ready for spring proper.  What you could say was a spot of Spring Cleaning.

I say spring proper but there is so much already sprouting, shooting and emerging from its slumbers that it is hard to believe that this is still February.

Nor were we the only busy bee’s in the garden.  Buzzing around were a good number of Bees, Bees that should be safely tucked up in a warm communal hideaway.  But no they were out gathering what pollen and nectar they could.

Bee’s are very much in the news, as they are like other insects, are in decline. So no surprise that our local garden centre is promoting ‘Bee Friendly’ plants.  They have also thought that the Bee theme could be carried on into their Gift Shop…. Bee Hives to Bee plates and cups and everything in-between to part us from our cash…..!


Full marks for initiative.

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2019