Have no doubts….late summer is here


 Big Wood, Allestree 

It is morning and the sun is high enough in the sky to cut through the woodland canopy…..but make no mistake there is now that richer warm touch to its glow.  Like it or not we have entered that stage of summer that slowly over the next few weeks that mutates into autumn.

It is some time till the leaves will turn and fall, but for those trees that fruit their productive season is well underway. If you need proof then perhaps this Rowan (or Mountain Ash) will convince you….


Even though this year seems to have moved past us like an express train I am not complaining as late summer can be one of the nicest times of the year to be out and about.   All we need to make it perfect is for the weather to play ball!

30th August

(C) David Oakes 2016

Gently Fading Summer’s Glow……


Daisy …Daisy…Give me your answer do

And my question was “do you know when summer will end” ?  These pin head sized Daisy flowers ( Erigeron) are noted as early summer flowers  yet here we are at the end of August still enjoying this cushion of sparkling colour.

Yes, it is hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of August. Then we move into September…..just another month, well maybe but it is the month we start to see noticeable changes to both day length and the growth of our trees and plants…not autumn for some weeks yet but the signs will start to show with increased dominance.

It is though worth remembering at this step change in the year that we still have 4 months (thats a third of the year) to enjoy before the cycle starts again.


So Thank You little Daisy….perhaps the best is yet to come.

30th August

(C) David Oakes 2016