Simple Solution… with Big Benefits


The Productive  Nasturtium 

There was a time earlier this year when lockdown measures and other restriction would  make a difference to our garden.  Tending the established herbaceous and shrubs was no problem.  But as garden centres and nurseries were closed till who knew when, the chances of getting those colourful summer bedding plants looked very doubtful.

So for the first time for many years we planted seeds of the humble Nasturtium.  Apart from the bold splashes of colour they have also proved to be a big hit with the Bees and other insects seeking nectar and pollen.

They did have competition from the Lavender which is still attracting the Bees despite now turning to seed.


But those early doubts about having splashes of colour in the garden  proved unfounded.  It was especially important to enjoy the garden this year when travel and visits were so curtailed.  Even the yo-yo weather  proved not to be as detrimental as we expected…

The only possible downside it that now at the beginning of August, many plants are now turning to seed…seems a tad early for autumn to me….


Whatever the weather, wherever you are…

Please Remember ….

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

4th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Yo-yo Weather…….


Lake or Field the sun did shine…..


Today was Sunday and the SUN did decide it was its day to shine.  Yesterday was mostly grey but ended with several severe downpours.  They say tomorrow will be wet again, so this yo-yo weather looks likely, according to those who are supposed to know, will continue for most of this week.

No mater what the weather we do have some home made sunshine in the garden.  It is the  humble Nasturtium that is stealing the show at the moment.  Dismissed by many, the Nasturtium is a rather fabulous example of  botanical  engineering, much loved by Bees who are enchanted into entering that central labyrinth.   But some other hot spots add to the the colour range…

So Sunday lived up to its name….   and we did enjoy the warmth and the chance to sit and laze in the garden.   We did though ponder just why our weather cycle this summer is so much a case of ups and downs….real yo-yo weather.

No matter what the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

26th July

(C) David Oakes 2020