A Paler shade of White……..


White Roses are never quite white….always a hint of green, yellow or pink.  They also tend to show the weathering much more easily.   So not perfectly white but maybe that’s no bad thing…..  nothing is ever perfect.

As to the weather, well the garden has taken a bit of a battering over the past couple of  weeks.  Just surprised that it hasn’t caused that much damage…. just a few very weary border plants still doing their best to stand to attention….


But here we are  again, Friday afternoon and that elusive sun has just started to put in an appearance.  Sunlight catching the Dream Catcher for the first time in weeks.


As for dreaming… I may well have been dreaming ,as I seem to recall that the forecast for the weekend is sunshine with just a few showers…..  now that cannot be right 🙂

But whatever the weather….

Please Remember ….

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

10th July

(C) David Oakes 2020



Still Waters Run Deep…….


Just up-stream from here the River Derwent is showing that once again it is on the rise..


Not really a surprise after all this lovely summer rain we have been ‘enjoying‘.  Well you have to enjoy it, there is little we can do to change the current weather flow off the Atlantic.

I do feel sorry for the plants.  They survive underground all winter.  Struggle to break our of captivity in the spring, absorb all the goodness they can suck from the ground…then burst into July flower – and get absolutely drenched.


Of course the wild flowers always seem to survive the worst that nature can throw at them.  Willowherb standing tall and plentiful along the river bank.



A very welcome splash of colour on an otherwise damp, drab day…..yep, it is July – honest.!

Please Remember ….

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

8th July

(C) David Oakes 2020


Strange old Summer………..


Crocosmia Lucifer

Some sunshine this afternoon, when it was supposed to be raining.  Our Crocosmia is now starting to flower, glowing in that blast of sunshine.   Dull grey skies this morning when, you have guessed right, it should have been sunny.

So I did try to find some colour in the herbaceous borders at Darley.  I am still surprised that there is not more growth in these borders. I guess it is this years weather mix that has stunted some plants…..  at least we can rely upon the yellows and oranges to brighten the morning…    and just the occasional ‘Blue Note’ to match the feel of the morning


It is here in these gardens at Darley that one of the National Hydrangea Collections is cared for.  It would normally be opening about now.  I understand that it may open in the first week in August…..  not surprising as a spot check this morning was concerning.  Only a few white Hydrangea and the occasional Pink were actually in flower.  Judging the appearance of  the others,  they look along way from producing their big blousy heads.  So we must wait and see…..  maybe they will put on a big growth spurt over the next weeks

Now…  what sort of weather will we enjoy tomorrow – best not listen to the forecast

Please Remember ….

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

6th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Sometimes you don’t get what you wanted….. some might call it a surprise!


This spring we planted a new Clematis, a later summer flowering variety.  The first of the buds have burst and one of the flowers has now revealed itself.

Well we did want a late summer flowering Clematis, but we also wanted a dark rich Red flower…..  This is what we actually bought…


The bloom we have got is still nice bloom, so I guess we will have to try again next spring, find a different location in the garden, and may be we will get lucky.

Sunday has been rather sunny.  Not all day but for the most part blue skies and warm sunshine.  This morning we headed for Big Wood.  It is just over a week since we were last there. In that week the already thick woodland canopy has increased dramatically in density…….  dark, with just the occasional gap in the canopy to let the odd shaft of sunlight reach the woodland floor.

The sun also brought our the Golfers.  It would seem that all restrictions on numbers and time of play have been lifted, all foursomes and all chasing each others tails…  still they are having fun…   not sure they are really playing safe


One last surprise of the day.   I bet you know that feeling when you suddenly feel as if someone or something is silently  watching you.  Well I was sat on the bench at the bottom of our garden, and that feeling came on.  I turned to my right, at first I couldn’t see anything, then a little flicker of wings.  I was being stalked by a Damselfly.  I didn’t dare move, but carefully swung the camera round and click.  No chance to get nearer and he had had enough and was off…


The end of June and so far this July the weather has been rather damp at best and distinctly wet at worst.  So lets hope we have turned another weather corner and  some consistent sunshine is heading our way.  Then we can continue to enjoy all the colours of summer


Whatever the weather…..

Please Remember ….

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

5th July

(C) David Oakes 2020