A Day in the Garden…..

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Dorothy Clive Gardens, Staffordshire

Not our own garden, but one that we have visited regularly over the years.   Our Covid restrictions have eased a little (not sure for how long) so we took advantage of the sunny weather and headed across to Staffordshire, close to the Cheshire and Shropshire borders.  We knew that it would be a safe environment.  It is just a little remote and there is plenty of space, so little chance of any overcrowding.

Dorothy Clive Gardens are a rather special mix.  We think they are at their best in the spring / early summer.  Rhododendron and Azalea blend with Herbaceous borders and spectacular Laburnums….. all surround by some magnificent woodlands.  Lots of dark dells, spacious lawns and borders, and Alpine bank.  In past years the variety seems to merge seamlessly into each other.  I have made mention before that this Spring and now early Summer, have not been following the usual cyclical time scale. This season time spread is evident here.  The Alpines, normally full of colour are yet to show in any meaningful way.  Rhododendron are dropping petals like confetti and the herbaceous borders, at this moment are dominated by Alliums. The good news is that everything is a lush green with a promise of much to come….. and still lots to enjoy today

So join us for a walk round the gardens..   

The bonus is a rather nice Tea Room.. So we enjoyed our first Cream Tea for over 18 months.  Rather nice, but being honest, the disposable Covid cutlery, plates and cups rather take the edge, indeed the magic, off the English Tradition of Afternoon Tea in sunny garden. Still yummy, but miss the china – but paper will have to do!

Still a great sunny summers day out…

Please Remember ….

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

10th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

On Every Flower……

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“On every flower…a little rain must fall”

It has been a strange seasonal year so far.  Record cold, record highs and record rains….. then just as we thought that summer had arrived we enjoyed some more rain.

The garden is currently at that in-between stage.  The colour of the spring flowers has faded, the green foliage is lush and dominant. Whilst those summer flowers that we  are so looking forward to, are just starting to show their potential. 

I do wonder just what our summer garden will  present us with this year.

Please Remember ….

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

8th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Single Flower…… Cees Fun Foto Challenge

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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 :-

https://ceenphotography.com/2020/06/16/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-single-flower/

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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

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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!

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

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

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3rd December

(C) David Oakes 2019

 

 

A Floral Reprise……. for July

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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….

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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