Wildflowers and Hydrangeas


Just a couple of weeks ago I took you on a virtual tour of The National Hydrangea Collection in our Local Park at Darley Abbey.  Nestling beside that collection is what is described as a Butterfly Garden with a mix of wildflowers and  colourful herbaceous plants.

Sadly this season  the Butterflies seem to be in short supply…not a good year for the Butterfly, nationally we are told. 

Hopefully we have a few more weeks of colour before the autumnal change..



Back in the Hydrangea Collection those whites that were dominating this season are now being enhanced by more colourful members of the family..


As August slowly heads towards the exit, I guess we will start to notice more end of season chjange..

As always….

Please Remember ….

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

26th August

(C) David Oakes 2021



Dahlia’s and Rudbeckia rule the roost at the moment….


They are certainly adding extra sunshine to the garden.  For the past few days our weather seems to have developed a pattern all its own….  Dullish dawn, then clear skies and sunshine and very pleasing temperatures.  Come lunch time and everything changes, very dull grey afternoons that threaten rain and a quick temperature drop.

So with that as a summer backdrop, some extra floral sunshine is very welcome…


What is also encouraging is the abundance of Sweet Chestnuts.  It does look as if we will have a bumper crop this autumn.  Of course they still need to plump up a bit more and also need to stay on the trees for a little longer… so autumn winds can just stay away.

Mentioning autumn, there are some signs of its approach.

Teasels and Fungi, yep, indicators of the change to come

It’s Friday and the weekends ahead, so relax and enjoy… but whatever you have planned….

Please Remember ….

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

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Very Hungry Caterpillar…..


Once upon a summers day, not so many days ago……  we had a great display of Nasturtiums.

Not anymore as we have had a visit from a Very Very Hungry Caterpillar.


At least someone is happy….

At home, in the garden or away on a break……

Please Remember ….

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

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

So far its been a good summer….


August, and so far the summer has been rather good, with luck there will be many more summer days ahead, to enjoy the garden and to relax.

Yep, not a bad summer….so far 🙂

P is for Poppy

Where ever you are I hope your summer has been kind, but…

Please Remember ….

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

3rd August

(C) David Oakes 2021