Its Official…. Summer is over (I think)

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Summer must be over…. The Local Cricket Club has ‘parked’ its Sight Screens for the winter  and its Club House all secured.

But walking round the rest of Darley Park this morning, it looked much more like summer than autumn.  That said, it did feel just a touch cooler despite the bright sunshine.  After the past few days of rather wet and awful weather, this was in modern parlance – a welcome ‘Window’ in the current weather cycle..

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Despite the recent days of sever wet weather, the garden seems to have withstood the battering rather well.  The Rudbeckia still stand tall, the Dahlia droop, Geraniums brighten a corner,  greenery is lush and surprise surprise one of our Clematis is having a ‘third coming’ .

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It cannot be left for too long before we start to winterise the garden.  We have the Spring Bulbs ready for planting……  but whilst there is still a chance of more ‘windows’ like today, we will wait.

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

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Little more Autumn….. slow but steady progress

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The Beech leaves are starting to turn, Chestnut leaves are dropping, and green is slowly losing its vibrancy on our trees.  Flowers are fading and petals falling, plants withering away into decay.  All signs that autumn is starting to pick up its pace…

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Strange times we live in but some sunshine, some autumn colour, some fresh air…. and it does lift the spirits. 

Please Remember ….

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

10th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

October a New Month….. and Summer Fades Away

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October…many say the real start of Autumn.  But there are still many signs that summer is trying its best to hang on with us.  The delicate flower heads of the Chives attracting spiders and insects all searching for food before the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Please Remember ….

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

1st October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again

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Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.

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The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows

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But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….

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On hour later the rain arrived.

 

Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Still some Summer left to come……

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September 1st…..  A New Month Begins

As September progresses we will  start to see an acceleration of autumn approach. Days start to get noticeably shorter and the evenings and nights longer.  But September can also bring us more tastes of summer.  Colours in gardens and hedgerows are still there to delight the eye.

Staying local, as we have been encouraged to do,  gives us all an opportunity to explore our gardens and  our local neighbourhood, and to discover what September has in store  this year.

Please Remember ….

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

1st September

(C) David Oakes 2020