Lush Meadows…..all aglow


It has been a dullish day but the meadows next the woods are far from dull even if the sun didn’t shine.  Thankfully the Buttercups are creating their own bit of summer sunshine.

The Meadow grasses and Cow Parsley have, virtually overnight, started to overwhelm the hedge borders, even starting to swamp a new gate installed last week…


Whilst the Buttercups are spectacular  rivalling any cultivated garden border, my favourite must be the Purple Clovers with their pompom heads fighting for air space amongst the golden glow.  Add that scent that simply  says , hey summer is really on the way….


26th May

(C) David Oakes 2016

Floral Change in the Garden


The first of our large Iris are now starting to show their iridescent blue and yellow petals brightening up a dark corner.  A late spring flower in our part of the world but one I associate more with warm summer days.


The cones on our Scots Pine are now spreading their seeds and starting to send up new growth of there own.  The seeds are fine soft, like a fine dust and easily dispersed….the wind does a grand job, even a little breeze will whip off the seeds and carry them far and wide.  But  it is also the birds who perhaps do the best job by gathering seeds on their feathers and carrying them to who knows where.


Self Seeded Strawberry plants decorate the paving finding a secure home in the cracks.  OK they shouldn’t be there but like any other wild flower that chooses to set seed and make it home in the pathway ….they are all very welcome.

Rhodod and Birch These jewels beneath the Birch are a reminder that the Rhododendron season is now with us…..and that usually coincided with a reasonable spell of good weather…yippee

26th May

(C) David Oakes 2016