On Every Flower……


“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

It’s Official… it’s Summer – or is it ?


June the 1st.  The Meteorological Office tells us that it now officially summer. Well, it is a new month and in 21 days it will be the Summer Solstice….  another milestone in our seasonal calendar.

But is it really summer?  For much of the past 2 months it hasn’t felt much like spring. April we froze with record low temperatures for the month. Then we had May, which has been the wettest on record. As a result everything seems to be way behind its annual cycle.

Being more positive, I can confirm that we have had three days of sunny shine and blue skies with the thermometer rising to heights not seen this year.  There is a song that says ” June is Busting Out All Over “.

 I guess, that in a small way, our garden and local countryside is suddenly doing its best the break thru to Summer.


So taking a deep breath of fresh air, I do hope that we have indeed turned the corner.  A spring that was unusual to say the very least….  and now the thrill of 3 days of real sunshine, wooing us into thinking that summer is here, it gives us hope.

The natural world often recovers well and plays catch up…this year, in our continuing stressed human world we can only hope that we all do the same.

Please Remember ….

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

1st June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Spring Greens…….


Spring Greens……  Fresh new leaves, still transparent allowing them to glow in the sun.

Nearly the end of May…another month vanishing into time.  It has also been a strange month.  Lots of rain, some sunshine.  The big plus….. the cold has been replaced by warmer days.

The usual spring indicators have been erratic this year, some signs of spring were early, others yet to show. No doubt it will all correct itself given a little more time.

Strange times for all of us……

Please Remember ….

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

25th May

(C) David Oakes 2021

April is nearly Over…..


The Weeping Willow weeps.    This April it is the exception as far as weeping goes.  The old rhyme “April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers” was in reality, this Spring, missing the showers.  True, we have had plenty of welcome sunshine,  we have also experienced the coldest April on record for over 40 years.  One Official Weather Presenter said that Aprils weather has been bonkers….. I think that is a technical term.

Despite or perhaps because of all that ‘weather’, April has provide a month of colour and variety.  Bulbs, wild flowers and trees have tried to react as if Spring is here….  yes, a colourful month…

Buster is just hoping that May will bring some equally good ‘walkies’


It has been un-seasonably dry.  Nice whilst it lasted……  but I guess May,  may well make up for that.  We do needs some water. What ever the weather…

Please Remember ….

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

29th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

It can be confusing……

Beech Woods

Sunshine in the Beech Woods…… and it can be confusing.  It is at this time, when the seasons really do have to make up their minds.

Our Beech woodlands do send out a mixed visual message.

Autumn colours have come through the Winter, and now need to make way for new Spring growth.

Please Remember to ….

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

9th March

(C) David Oakes 2021