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

Mid Summer Gardens…..


A perfect June Saturday afternoon that followed the Summer Solstice.  It was also the perfect day for the South Derbyshire village of Ednaston to throw there garden gates wide open and welcome all comers to explore and enjoy their gardens.  For a modest entry fee (proceeds to Charity) you had the freedom of Ednaston’s Open Gardens.


The pleasure of viewing these gardens is that these are not the artificial Pro-Gardens exhibited at the big Flower Shows…these are ordinary gardens created by individuals and created in the style and flavour they wish to enjoy, obviously they are also a labour of love. So  it was a great opportunity to play Nosey Parker..so why not join us

Congrats and thanks to all the garden owners for creating a great afternoon out…. also a big thank you for providing a welcome Tea Tent for tea and cakes…. just the right end to a perfect June day.


24th June

(C) David Oakes 2019