Friday and the colours of Spring start to unfold




Lets the Tulips trumpet in the Spring….and lets hope the weather takes note


23rd March

(C) David Oakes 2018



Its Official…Its Spring



20th March…at last the Spring Equinox, so officially it is the start of Spring. 


New life is starting to appear and before long everything will burst out of its winter hibernation in a rush of green and golden yellow soon to be followed by a multitude of rainbow colours.

That’s the good news for the day….. and whilst the sun IS shinning at the moment I don’t think it will be with us for long

20th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

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

Hellebores are Back……




The Christmas Rose or maybe the Lenten Rose

They have been hiding away in a shady corner over the winter, snuggling down in the snow and somehow impervious to the frosts and heavy rains. Hellebores often flower around Christmas whilst other varieties wait till Easter approaches…hence the two names for what is essentially the same hardy plant.

Our Hellebores must obviously favour the Lenten variety as they are just starting to flourish.  Long stems with leaves at the top that hide the buds of new flowers till they are ready to pop…flowers that are also surprisingly delicate, despite the harshness of the season, draping over to protect a mass of yellow stamen. The Petals on our Hellebore are either white (as above) or mauve. But whatever their colour they remain a welcome reminder that winter passes and spring will soon be here.

6th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of This World


A World of its Own…

Well not quite Out of this World as suggested for this weeks DP Photo Challenge…. but for this Spider it is a World of its Own….. one that it has created for itself. Magic.

You can go and see what others have suggested on this link:-

via Photo Challenge: Out of This World

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2018