Winter Slowly Slides Away…..


I am enjoying the last of the Snowdrops.  Snowdrops have always bridged that gap where Winter slides very slowly, and at times hesitantly into Spring.  In gardens, and in the woodlands, Snowdrops are the indicator that spring is just around the corner, it maybe slow coming… but it will arrive.  Though I guess winter weather will still have the occasional harsh sting in its tail.


As individual flowers they show a resilience to resist the frosts, snows and rains, yet they show such grace with their sweeping, drooping white bell like flower on such a tender stem.  They hardly look tough enough, to fragile to survive, yet they do.

It is the mass woodland displays that so dramatically make the statement that Spring is on the way.  Those white carpets, giving light to woodland areas, areas that will soon be cast into darkness as the tree canopy comes into leaf.


Those woodland settings are for me the place to enjoy the splendour of such simple flowers.

They are soon to leave us again, reminding us that Spring really is on the way.

Till then, be resilient and……

Please Remember to ….

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

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

The Perpetual Love of Snowdrops….


The love of Snowdrops is not something new as this Victorian Greetings Card illustrates.  Published circa 1875.  

Hiding in a dark corner of our garden is a 2021 clump of Snowdrops… 

Snowdrop Garden

Just love them. Not just because they are sign that Spring is nearly here, but as wonderful little gems of nature that struggle through to bring that good news.

Don’t forget……

Please Remember to ….

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

16th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday…….. A Little Sparkle


Not just any Snowdrops, but at long last we have our first flowers in our garden.  But above all, in these dark days of winter, in equally as dark times…. they are a sign that Spring is on the way and maybe some brighter times for all of us.

Till those days return…….

Please Remember ….

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

8th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday…… maybe some hope

Snowdrop Time

Yesterday we actually enjoyed a couple of hours of early morning sunshine….nice to know that the sun is still up there.  We also knew that it wouldn’t see the day out. It didn’t and what has become the norm for this winters weather returned….rain, dark grey clouds and a creeping cold.

But there are some small signs that Spring is on the way….our first Snowdrops are thrusting themselves out of the damp soil.  No massed displays yet…. but just a few appetisers of what is to come.  Soon be February 🙂

27th January

(C) David Oakes 2020


Spring is Bursting Out…. In Snowdrops


The Snowdrop Woodlands at Hopton Hall, Derbyshire

Mid February, with local temperatures rising to 13c plus, and gorgeous sunshine and blue skies, you could be fooled into thinking that Spring has actually arrived.

May be it is too soon to brag about this wonderful weather..… but certainly not to soon to take a walk through the woods at Hopton Hall. It is a visual feast and a welcome sight after the darker winter days. The woodland is mainly Beech, which despite their lack of leaves,  cast long shadows of the white carpets spread below. So join us for a peaceful stroll…

Hopton Hall dates back to the 1400. It is now in private ownership.  Over the past few years they have restored, and added to, the gardens and woodlands that surround the Hall. Wildlife is being attracted to a number of ponds and a larger lake. The woods look carefully managed.  Apart from the woodland walks through the snowdrops, a Rose Garden with terraces, summer house and topiary is being restored to its former glory.

Even though it is February and the Roses a long long way from flowering, the Rose Garden, in its winter clothes is still well worth exploring (and a note in the Diary  to revisit in July or August)…. and from the Rose Terraces it is a short stroll down to the Lakes.


So a summer treat to come….but right now in the February sun it is the Snowdrops that are the real treat….


15th February

(C) David Oakes 2019