Its Official…. Summer is over (I think)


Summer must be over…. The Local Cricket Club has ‘parked’ its Sight Screens for the winter  and its Club House all secured.

But walking round the rest of Darley Park this morning, it looked much more like summer than autumn.  That said, it did feel just a touch cooler despite the bright sunshine.  After the past few days of rather wet and awful weather, this was in modern parlance – a welcome ‘Window’ in the current weather cycle..


Despite the recent days of sever wet weather, the garden seems to have withstood the battering rather well.  The Rudbeckia still stand tall, the Dahlia droop, Geraniums brighten a corner,  greenery is lush and surprise surprise one of our Clematis is having a ‘third coming’ .


It cannot be left for too long before we start to winterise the garden.  We have the Spring Bulbs ready for planting……  but whilst there is still a chance of more ‘windows’ like today, we will wait.

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

3rd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

It is Changing….. but slowly


Chinese Lanterns….

It is that time in the seasons when the fade of Summer and the arrival of Autumn quickens. Various plants are indicators of the change and one of my favourites is the arrival of the Chinese Lanterns.

Now to save you the trouble of Googling the botanical name, I did that for you. It is Physalis Alkekengi, they also have other common names such as Winter Cherry, Strawberry Ground Cherry and of course Japanese Lanterns. They are part of the Nightshade family.

I also have to own up. These are in a neighbours garden and do well, sadly they don’t flourish in our patch.

The Rudbeckia flowers are now starting to droop and fall…. still only a slow change but a change none the less leaving some seeds for insects and birds in the tougher autumn months to come. Till they vanish they are still a yellow beacon in a dark corner.

The heavy rains that were forecast were not as sever as predicted, still heavy enough to make the Dahlia flop and look rather sad.


The weather is bound to be less predictable over the coming weeks, at times it will bring some extremes. Just how sever will determine the strength and length of the coming autumn. We will have to wait and see.

Seasons and weather change….. but we still need to…

Please Remember ….

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

27th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

You might think it was summer….

A brief 2 day gap in the weather produces some welcome sunshine…..  to say that this summer has ben mixed would be an understatement. 

The Rudbeckia and the humble Nasturtium add their very own warm colours to this sunny summers day.

Out and about or pottering round the home…. maybe stuck in the office…..

Please Remember ….

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

12th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Little more Autumn….. slow but steady progress


The Beech leaves are starting to turn, Chestnut leaves are dropping, and green is slowly losing its vibrancy on our trees.  Flowers are fading and petals falling, plants withering away into decay.  All signs that autumn is starting to pick up its pace…


Strange times we live in but some sunshine, some autumn colour, some fresh air…. and it does lift the spirits. 

Please Remember ….

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

10th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winds of Change…… Again


Again we wake to a blue sky.  But by the time we had coffee and breakfast the first signs of a weather front started to appear….a Mackerel sky is what we call it.  But also the wind started to blow not strong but enough to shake all the leaves and bend the branches on the Silver Birch.  The Met Office has predicted storms once again with two fronts heading across the Atlantic.


The Japanese Anemone are doing their best to hide from any incoming weather ravages.  Elsewhere the Crab Apples are staring to ripen and the Elderberries swelling but not as yet changed colour.  Hover Flies seeking another meal and Honeysuckle doing its best to produce a second wave of flowers  

You could be fooled into thinking that this was to be another lovely summers day….bright sunshine and dark shadows


But a quick look up at the sky and you know that this merely a brief tease before the weather change….


On hour later the rain arrived.


Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020