A Real signal that Spring is on the Way

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Wood Anemone….

Early morning Spring sunshine is starting to open the buds of the Wood Anemone. Even once they start to flower, they keep the buds shut until the sun catches them, then slowly unfurl their outer white leaves to reveal the delicate golden centre.  At the end of the day the close up tight again. 

Sadly they are only short lived.  But for a short while they grace the edges of our woodland paths..

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It will not be long now before the Bluebells are covering the woodland floor with a carpet of Blue.  Wood Anemone, like Bluebells, rely upon this brief spell of early spring, when the life giving sun can reach the woodland floor.  Once the Tree canopy, of new leaves, casts its dark shadow over everything, they will fade away till next Spring.

Please Remember to ….

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

6th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Schhhh….. Don’t tell anyone, but Spring is on the way

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The weather has been pretty atrocious the past few days.  Grey and wet, yet every so often we get a flash of sunshine. Sunshine that warms the soul but also finds dark corners of the garden….  and there we have some signs that Spring is on the way.

Maybe one day everything will get back to some kind of normal, maybe not normal as we knew it…..   but better than lockdown and the other difficulties we all have to experience. 

So with Spring on the horizon please remember to

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

19th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Privilege….and not taken for Granted

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Early Morning at Allestree, Derby

It is Sunday the 5th of April…. and it is a day full of Spring promise.  Early morning mist is lifting,  clear blue skies and a sun that really is starting to provide a welcome warmth.

I am one of the luck folk with somewhere to take my exercise.  I am also very much aware that many are unable to take advantage of an open air walk. It is a privilege.

So here are a few images from todays walk to share and I hope bring you just a little of the spring that is now starting to shape up rather well.

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Trees are still bare, the Oak on the top of Burley Hill as stark as on many a winters day. The Silver Birch, that borders the Golf Course which is closed for the duration, waves it ever so fine top branches reaching up for warmth to encourage its leaves to burst…

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But new growth is appearing, growth that over the next week will flourish into new clothes for the trees….

The Blossom on our Cherry Tree is also starting to show, but it is a few weeks later than usual….

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The First of our ‘last’ batch of Daffodils has arrived alongside our first Camelia of this Spring.  So change is progressing at an increasing pace…

The more delicate flowers of the Wood Anemone are, for a short while, taking over the woodland floor, a carpet of white stars dotted with yellow buttons…

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Colour is coming throughout the garden in front the Old Hall, it is the perfect compliment to a rather fine Sunday morning……

If you are one who cannot enjoy stretching your legs, even for a short while, in the sunny outdoors, then I hope these images help provide some virtual flavour to you of a sunny spring Sunday in these difficult times.

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

5th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

March….. sprints to a mixed finish….

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A cloudy and cold start to the last day of March…then the sun broke through the cloud cover and the temperatures started to rise….

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Blossom is appearing, but sadly, some Blossom, that perhaps were fooled into bursting forth in last weeks mini heatwave, have suffered in the arctic winds and yesterdays rain. The leaves are fine but that vistal blossom has suffered….

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The woods are of course still bare, the low March light is harsh, the wintery look to the woodland floor remains…. but that should soon change.

 The Marsh Marigolds are staring to flower so that is a hopeful sign that spring is trying its best to chase off the remnants of winter…

There is now a hint of a green tinge to the tops of the trees, so over the next couple of weeks we should see some dramatic changes to our landscape…

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The Lake did glow in the early morning light, in this little corner new life is appearing….

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….. new life, not just in the reeds and marginal plants.  Looking carefully into what at first appears a muddy corner of the Lake…. and you will find Frogspawn.  So the cycle of life continues…..

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All there is to do now is to ponder as to just what April has in store for the World.

So as we wait…..

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

31st March

(C) David Oakes 2020

Strange times and strange weather……

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The morning walk was unusually quiet, the occasional dog walker… all of us keeping our distance. As for the day itself it was rather grand.  Lone skeletons of winters trees seemed even more stark.  Elsewhere signs of springs arrival are becoming more obvious. The first early buds of Blossom are starting to burst. Along with the Crocus, Lilly of the Valley are sending up lush green leaves, even the Aspen has some swelling buds atop its tracery of branches.  It is a rather nice seasonal mix that can only get better..

Just to prove that Spring is nearly here  I came across this Camelia bloom, I hope the first of many more to come….

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Spring may well be on the way but those colourful signs of autumn are still to be found.

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Buster was just content to sit in the sun and count the squares. As for that sun well it was rather warm.  In the shelter the thermometer read a pleasant 14c.

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14th March

(C) David Oakes 2020