Sunny Start to September……


The first week of September has given us some fabulous sunny mornings… perfect for Golf lovers to get their rounds in whilst its quiet.

In the woods the shadows are longer as the sun sinks lower in its axis.  The canopy is also starting to thin allowing this autumnal sun to reach those parts that have been so shady across the summer.


Berries are ripening, seeds are setting, petals dropping yet still Summer teases us.

The truth that the seasons are on the move comes towards the end of the day when those longer shadows and a bright evening sun, give the garden an ‘evening look’ long before the sun vanishes for the day….   and the temperatures make a marked drop


Yep…not a bad start to September, OK we did get the odd shower but perhaps that was much needed.

We should of course  think of those caught in the dreadful and very tragic weather conditions that have struck the Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian now continues northwards up the coast of North America reeking even more destruction.  A reminder that none of us are in control of our own destinies.

7th September

(C) David Oakes 2019

It is all colour…Countryside or Garden


Garden Blooms…. or Wild Flowers out in the wider Countryside…it makes no difference all the green is punctuated by lost of this summers colours.


I guess that is what July is all about.

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2019

and the Summer moves on…


It is that time of the summer when wild areas around our woodlands, hedgerows and roadside verges start to sport a purple/pink  hue. Yes, its that time of the summer when Rosebay Willowherb makes a very visual presence in our countryside.

To many Rosebay is just a ‘weed’  but to me it is just one of our many ‘wild flowers’ and as beautiful as so many of our cultivated garden flowers. It is indeed ‘wild’ and can spread prolifically onto any disturbed ground.


Right now it is just the occasional flower head wide open and for bees and insects a very welcoming fleurette’s… soon these areas will be just a mass of these coloured flower spikes…. it is then you can recognise why some places call this plant ‘Fireweed’


Now…. what is that saying “A weed is just a flower in the wrong place”…. for me this is not a weed and it certainly is in the right place adding colour and for wildlife great value to the areas it chooses to inhabit.

11th July

(C) David Oakes 2019