The end of another Month…. Goodbye June


You know its summer when the Sweet Pea’s come into flower.  The last day of June…..  what is it they say “Flaming June”.  Well, its had its moments.

After the strange spring and odd weather cycle the plants both in the countryside and in our more protected gardens are still trying to catch up.

It is only this week that we can recognise the colours of summer in any abundance, nice to see and nice to smell those aromas of summer…..

1st of July tomorrow….so it can only get better (can’t it?)

The year does progress but all is still not well, so…..

Please Remember ….

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

30th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. Just a pipe dream

The Long Glass Houses in the Kitchen Garden @ CLUMBER PA (1)

A Pipe Dream….  or you could say Wishful Thinking

Some may say its envy, maybe so.  But I would love a greenhouse like this.  Of course it is just a dream, after all I would need a team of gardeners to help take care of all the plants….. not to mention the cleaning of all that glass.

Like many others, I can when the opportunity arises, enjoy a leisurely stroll and an envious peruse of other peoples green fingered labours. 

Wherever you stroll….

Please Remember ….

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

24th June

(C) David Oakes 2021


A Day in the Garden…..


Dorothy Clive Gardens, Staffordshire

Not our own garden, but one that we have visited regularly over the years.   Our Covid restrictions have eased a little (not sure for how long) so we took advantage of the sunny weather and headed across to Staffordshire, close to the Cheshire and Shropshire borders.  We knew that it would be a safe environment.  It is just a little remote and there is plenty of space, so little chance of any overcrowding.

Dorothy Clive Gardens are a rather special mix.  We think they are at their best in the spring / early summer.  Rhododendron and Azalea blend with Herbaceous borders and spectacular Laburnums….. all surround by some magnificent woodlands.  Lots of dark dells, spacious lawns and borders, and Alpine bank.  In past years the variety seems to merge seamlessly into each other.  I have made mention before that this Spring and now early Summer, have not been following the usual cyclical time scale. This season time spread is evident here.  The Alpines, normally full of colour are yet to show in any meaningful way.  Rhododendron are dropping petals like confetti and the herbaceous borders, at this moment are dominated by Alliums. The good news is that everything is a lush green with a promise of much to come….. and still lots to enjoy today

So join us for a walk round the gardens..   

The bonus is a rather nice Tea Room.. So we enjoyed our first Cream Tea for over 18 months.  Rather nice, but being honest, the disposable Covid cutlery, plates and cups rather take the edge, indeed the magic, off the English Tradition of Afternoon Tea in sunny garden. Still yummy, but miss the china – but paper will have to do!

Still a great sunny summers day out…

Please Remember ….

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

10th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

It is all colour…Countryside or Garden


Garden Blooms…. or Wild Flowers out in the wider Countryside…it makes no difference all the green is punctuated by lost of this summers colours.


I guess that is what July is all about.

13th July

(C) David Oakes 2019