Winter Slowly Slides Away…..

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I am enjoying the last of the Snowdrops.  Snowdrops have always bridged that gap where Winter slides very slowly, and at times hesitantly into Spring.  In gardens, and in the woodlands, Snowdrops are the indicator that spring is just around the corner, it maybe slow coming… but it will arrive.  Though I guess winter weather will still have the occasional harsh sting in its tail.

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As individual flowers they show a resilience to resist the frosts, snows and rains, yet they show such grace with their sweeping, drooping white bell like flower on such a tender stem.  They hardly look tough enough, to fragile to survive, yet they do.

It is the mass woodland displays that so dramatically make the statement that Spring is on the way.  Those white carpets, giving light to woodland areas, areas that will soon be cast into darkness as the tree canopy comes into leaf.

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Those woodland settings are for me the place to enjoy the splendour of such simple flowers.

They are soon to leave us again, reminding us that Spring really is on the way.

Till then, be resilient and……

Please Remember to ….

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

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Spring might just have arrived…..

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Tomorrow is the start of the Meteorological Spring.      I think our Crocus and Dwarf Iris are ahead of the game.

Today is also the last day of February…..another month gone.  Not sure just where it vanished too !

No matter when and what….. please..

Remember to ….

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

28th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Welcome Change….in the Weather

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It was definitely a day of two halves.  The morning was damp and dark.  Then in the afternoon the sun broke through.  The grey clouds parted to reveal the blue sky that has been hiding from us for days now….. Yep, it is still up there!

It was also warm enough to take a moment or two and bask in the suns warmth, the Furlong Oak as always a favourite place to pause…

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The woodlands still retain a hint of the autumn as a reminder that spring has yet to make its mark.

As the sun went to bed, the Lake became calm and mirror like, perhaps thats a good weather sign…. who knows

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Just a hint of a warm glow in the sky as the sun vanished below the horizon

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Not a bad end to the day….. a day where the daylight hours have certainly started to extend.  Won’t be long before we have the clock change to summer time.  We do though still need to enjoy some signs of Spring..

 

Please Remember to ….

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

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Schhhh….. Don’t tell anyone, but Spring is on the way

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The weather has been pretty atrocious the past few days.  Grey and wet, yet every so often we get a flash of sunshine. Sunshine that warms the soul but also finds dark corners of the garden….  and there we have some signs that Spring is on the way.

Maybe one day everything will get back to some kind of normal, maybe not normal as we knew it…..   but better than lockdown and the other difficulties we all have to experience. 

So with Spring on the horizon please remember to

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

19th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

It all moves along…..

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What a difference a couple of days make at this time of year.  Spring can at times move at the speed of an express train.

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Earlier in the week, I was saying that the Silver Birch seemed to be hanging fire.  Lots of buds forming at the tips of the fine branches, but nothing else. But today the Silver Birch sports some brand new spring green leaves….

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The Birch has a grand view over the Golf Course, obviously no players able to enjoy this spring sunshine.  Like the rest of the Park it is deserted…

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All seems strange… This is Saturday morning, usually the Park  on such a sunny day would be busy with folk out and about.  But even though we are allowed out for exercise I have seen only a handful of  people, all keeping their distance, selecting a line of travel that diverges from others.

Now is the time we should start to enjoy carpets of Bluebells across the woodland floor.  One of the nicest sights of spring.  The first blue flower heads are now starting to appear.  They have been in hiding, sheltered by bushy rich green clumps of  leaves.  Stems are  gradually extending,  bearing the delicate bells at the tips.  There are only a few early starters today but over the week they should multiply at a pace….  these front runners are a very welcome spring arrival.

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Magnolia come in a wide variety.  Until now it has mainly been the smaller more delicate trees and flowers that have had bursting bud.  So it is now the turn of the bigger buds many with a bolder colour pallete….

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With all the new growth you do feel, that despite everything else that is happening in our world, Spring is here and with it hope.

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Please Remember ….

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

11th April

(C) David Oakes 2020