The Hydrangeas…… provide a garden of delight.

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Tomorrow is August the 1st and here at one of the National Heritage Hydrangea Collection it will be an ‘Open Day’.   The Collection is open everyday during the season but tomorrow there will be guided walks and volunteers available to tell folk  about the collection, both for Hydrangea care in general and also historical background to this walled garden.

For the volunteers this year it will be one of mixed emotions.  Every years since the team started the restoration and establishment of the collection, they have spent hours  producing a spectacular display for visitors to enjoy.  This season they have had to work extra hard over the past few weeks trying their best to make the gardens look anything like what they would really like.  The winter and spring took its toll. Heavy rains,  a period of drought and a very late frost followed by high winds would have made life difficult in any year……  but add the CV19 factor, lockdown and  other restrictions and those dedicated volunteers were unable to take prompt and continual actions, to mitigate the problems.

So whilst the Collection may not be having one of its best years…it is still a very worthy display.  White blooms seem to have survived the best.  There are still many dead flower heads and even seed heads from last year, however hard the team worked they were never going to achieve several months work in just a few weeks. So full credit to all.

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The Collection can be visited at Darley Park, on the banks of the River Derwent in Derby.  The National Heritage Collection is open till September.  An approach area is open  with  both Hydrangeas and Herbaceous borders all year ….. and its all free.  🙂

I should add that today has been blistering hot….35c this pm.  Certainly had people heading for the shade.  Every shadow  was occupied 🙂   Thunder on the way.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

31st July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Goodbye July…….

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Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

Sunshine but also shadows, often dark and damp……  well that has been, for the most part, the weather this July.  August tomorrow and we move that little bit nearer to autumn.  Yet, here under the Chestnuts leafy canopy, last autumns fallen leaves still abound….. true they do add some extra colour to the woodland glades.

But less of this talk of autumn, lets hope August is this years summer month.

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

31st July

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

Yippee….. from Midday today Summer arrived (again!)

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Midday and the sun that had been trying so hard to break through a thin layer of cloud eventually  won the fight.  And with the sun the temperature start to shoot up the scale.

The Met. Office had placed an order for a mini heatwave…it just showed up rather late. Still better late than never.  Cool down by the lake and rather pleasant.

All sounds very good.  But we have already enjoyed a yo-yo weather for too many days now….. summer then something approaching winter then back to summer.  So when the forecast is for more sun tomorrow you would think we would be shouting with joy……  but all good news has a sting in its tail –  Thunderstorms tomorrow evening and a damp weekend ahead.  Joy of joys.

The seasons move on.  Seed heads of the Cow Parsley make their own contributions to a late summers day and a reminder that August is on the way.

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30th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Highland Waterway……….

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Loch Lochy, The Great Glen, Lochaber, Scotland

More than just a Highland Loch, Loch Lochy is one of several Lochs that have been linked to form the Caledonian Canal.  Stretching  for over 60miles from Corpach, just outside Fort William on the west coast, it heads north east to Inverness on the East Coast.  Constructed in the days when the Scottish Fishing Industry  was at its peak and shipping a key means of transportation. It opened in 1822 ,thus saving days of sailing round the coast, to cross Scotland.   We say ‘constructed’ but less than a third of the canal is man made. Thomas Telford skilfully linked the  Lochs, that  lie along the natural geological feature of the Great Glen, into one waterways link.  Grand scenery and a grand feat of vision and construction.

Today a major contributor to the Tourist Industry…

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Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place

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Location.    Early Morning  at Abbots Bay and Otter Island, Derwent Water, Cumbria

OK…Derwent Water again!…well I did say it was a Favourite Place.  One day we will be back…till then

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

29th July

(C) David Oakes 2020