A Single Flower…… Cees Fun Foto Challenge


The first of our Day Lilies flowered today….. a rather dull day, so they helped add some brightness to a dark corner of the garden.

So as Cee has nominated a Single Flower as the subject for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge I thought why not recognise what I hope will be the first of many more Lilies.

You can join in the fun on this link :-



New life in the garden, a little hope in a strange world…so

Please Remember ….

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

16th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Cees Fun Foto Challenge…Soft and Pastel Colours


Rhododendrons are usually big and blousy oozing with bold colours….

But when they are more restrained their soft pastel colours just seem to have that added sparkle… a touch of class!


Just my suggestions for this weeks Cees Fun Foto Challenge – Soft & Pastel Colours…


Pop along to Cees Blog via this link :- https://ceenphotography.com/2019/12/03/cees-fun-foto-challenge-pastel-soft-colors/


3rd December

(C) David Oakes 2019



A Floral Reprise……. for July


Since last Autumn, through the Winter and Spring and now the Summer, the weather has certainly changed the predictability of the seasons.  This in turn has effect our flowers.  No matter if they grow in the hedgerows, fields or our gardens they have had to change with the new demands placed upon the natural world.   For long periods of time we have had high than the normal temperatures, in February and early March record highs for the month. Now in July we know we have had all time record high temperatures.   We have of course ‘enjoyed’ rain, at times it has been very welcome…. but it has also been exceptionally heavy and damaging.

Some of our plants flowered early, others much more prolific, some have suffered in either the heat or the wet, some like our Honeysuckle, normally an early flowerer,in our hedge, has this year had a ‘second coming’…… with flowers in greater abundance.

As July now comes to close, I thought we would reprise the wide variety (or at least some of the blooms) that we have enjoyed this month

In July we are always blessed with a wide variety of blooms…. but July is perhaps best famed for its Roses, this year they have certainly enjoyed the hot sun….


In one more day it will be August….I wonder what we have instore over the late Summer and into Autumn this year ?

30th July

(C) David Oakes 2019

July…. A new Month


Welcoming in July is always for me one of mixed emotions.  Celebrating the Summer Solstice has always seemed right…but somehow the start of July is more sombre, it really does mark for me the start of the slow retreat to the end of another year.  Our Winter was mild, Spring has been wonderful and so far Summer has been a mix of rain and heatwave. So lets hope the rest of the summer is weather perfect and leads us to another great autumn…and then I would settle for a mild Winter again!

July is also the month when Dahlia’s start to come into their very own colourful world.  Big and blousy, intricate or just delicate, the mix of colour and style is just great

Dahlia White Star

With luck they will be with us till the first frosts…so that should mean several colourful months to come

Dahllia Red

Welcome July….. I hope you live up to expectations

1st July

(C) David Oakes 2019