Rhododendron Time….


Mid May, and when you get a day as good as today, then it’s the right time to visit Lea Rhododendron Gardens here in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire.

Each year we try to plan a visit to this hillside garden. This year I think we got the weather and timing just right.  Maybe the dry and warmish spring has helped, but I am sure this season is the best show we have seen. As you walk through the gate the strength of colour zooms out at you.  So, it’s off to explore the many narrow tracks beneath the blooms.  Put your walking shoes on and join us on a tour..




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A visit that says that Spring is ebbing away and summer is not that far off.

Enjoy your weekend…. and as always….

Please Remember ….

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

14th May

(C) David Oakes 2022



Flower of the Month…..


As April comes to an end, and those April Showers have been so elusive.  I thought that before we are inundated with May flowers, that I would reflect on my flower of this last month.

It is the humble Dandelion.  Much maligned by gardeners as a weed, but in reality, one of the most important flowers in countryside or garden for the diversification of our habitat.

Not only valuable…… but look closely and it is a flower of beauty rivaling many of the hybrid floral blooms.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder 🙂

The weekend approaches, a time to relax for many….. but as always…

Please Remember ….

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

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

The Days are getting just a little longer…..


These Spring days are starting to get just a little longer, so after a long hard day a quick evening stroll round the garden.  Next week the clocks will be adjusted for BST and we will really know that spring proper is on the way…

The day may be drawing to a close…. but

Please Remember ….

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

24th March

(C) David Oakes 2022

Humble Tulips….. Our First


Only Tulips…….  but for us they are our first this Spring.

Well, its a start and gives hope for more colour to come very soon.


Have a peaceful weekend if you can….  but

Please Remember ….

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

12th March

(C) David Oakes 2022

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge…. More than 4 Colours


Tints and tones of more than 4 natural colours.

Just an idea for this weeks CMMC… the challenge being an image with more than 4 colours.

If you follow this link you can visit Cees Blog :- https://ceenphotography.com/2022/03/09/cmmc-march-rainbow-colors-more-than-4-colors/

Have fun but as always……

Please Remember ….

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

10th March

(C) David Oakes 2022