A Hint…. of a Bright New Life in 2022

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A small start to the colour packed seasons ahead in this New Year.  The first of our Amarylis Lillies, a hint that spring will be here soon……  OK a few weeks to go, and no doubt some spells of bad weather first.  

For the time being some colour and touches of spring right in our home.

As always…….

Please Remember ….

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

8th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Thoughtful Thursday….. Small, but still beautiful


Some years ago we acquired what was described as a miniature Hosta. As all our other Hosta are the big blousy varieties we were intrigued and waited in surprise to see just how it developed.

Now I can neither tell you its common nor botanical name, but I can tell you that it spreads each year . It does need splitting to keep it surviving for another season.  Apart from that it does produce Purple florets at the top of very tiny stems.  Like all our Hosta’s they have a flowering season then die back to leaf.

This year like several other ‘one timers’ in the garden they have bucked the trend and after a mini dormant stage have flowered again…


November, just when many plants are heading for their winter slumbers, it is still wide awake.

You might expect the flowers to be a little weaker second time around, but not so.  They are a little different, a greater number of flower heads at the top of each stem, on a stem that is so much taller and so slim, fragile looking but very strong in the winds.

The pictures give you no clue as to the Hosta’s diminutive scale. The flower head above, from tip to the base of the lowest petal is 4cm.  the steam is 45cm high and ever so slim.  We have had no frost yet, so it colourfully lives on.

It certainly has been yet another season of strange happenings in the garden….  maybe just a one off or maybe yet another Climate Change indicator.

Just another reason to……

Remember ….

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

4th November

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Milky Sky over the Derwent……


A Cold October Morning by the River Derwent, Derbyshire

A milky featureless sky over the River Derwent and a cold start to the day. Still lots of green around no real hint of the pending autumn.  But stray into the garden and you can still enjoy some small reminders of summers colours.



Maybe autumn will be short lived once it does arrive..


So despite the cold grey day it turned out to have some colour moments

Have a good weekend… and…

Please Remember ….

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

23rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Gone…. but not forgotten


Well I guess that is it…… summer is finally over.   Petals have fallen and seed heads remain.

The last of the Rudbeckia for 2012.  They have put on a fantastic display and we are indeed sad to see them go.  At least the birds have some tasty seeds to feed upon over autumn  and prior to the winter  cold.

Time as always move on at a relentless pace…. but despite that we must still..

Please Remember ….

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

18th October

(C) David Oakes 2021