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


Still away to go……

Beech Woods

The beech and Oak woodlands are still green and showing few, if any, signs that autumn is on the way.  Whilst we will celebrate autumns colours that will eventually arrive it is the vibrancy and the changes in hue of the greens over the season that I really enjoy…..and after a rain shower that refreshes the woodland they look magnificent and that equally fresh woodland smell lingers long in the memory.

8th September

(C) David Oakes 2017

Green all over…….


A Fern Bridge

It has been a great year for the Ferns, wet at times, warm at others….and if there is somewhere for a Fern to get a root it will have  made the most of the opportunity.

It is also the last day of August so I guess it will not be long before the rich green fronds will start to turn as autumn approaches.  Meteorologists reckon that in their time table autumn starts tomorrow…  but the Autumnal Equinox isn’t till 22nd September.

Still plenty of time to enjoy late summer.

31st August

(C) David Oakes 2017




Hydrangea Season again……


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