I guess you can say that Spring is Gathering Pace

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The weather may not be the most spring like, but progress is being made towards Spring.  With new leaves flourishing on the Sycamore, one of our early trees to come into leaf, you could be persuaded that Spring was here.  These shiny and colourful leaves are only on the lower branches at the moment….  the lofty heights are I guess a touch colder, so those buds have yet to pop

Fresh new leaves …..  well its another step forward 🙂

Please Remember to ….

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

12th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Real signal that Spring is on the Way

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Wood Anemone….

Early morning Spring sunshine is starting to open the buds of the Wood Anemone. Even once they start to flower, they keep the buds shut until the sun catches them, then slowly unfurl their outer white leaves to reveal the delicate golden centre.  At the end of the day the close up tight again. 

Sadly they are only short lived.  But for a short while they grace the edges of our woodland paths..

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It will not be long now before the Bluebells are covering the woodland floor with a carpet of Blue.  Wood Anemone, like Bluebells, rely upon this brief spell of early spring, when the life giving sun can reach the woodland floor.  Once the Tree canopy, of new leaves, casts its dark shadow over everything, they will fade away till next Spring.

Please Remember to ….

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

6th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Signs of Spring…along the Wye

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The River Wye tumbles over Monsal Weir, Monsal Dale, in the Derbyshire Peak District.

Signs of Spring are increasing as each day passes……  only possible snag is the advanced weather forecast,  A cold spell, followed by an even colder wave of weather, straight from the Arctic via Iceland.

Cannot do anything about that so making the most of the current ‘mini’ heatwave.

No matter if you are Hot or Cold

Please Remember to ….

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

30th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

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