The mild damp weather has certainly been a talking point over the last few weeks even though hyped up, as usual, by the media at times. Looking back through articles that I’ve written over many years there are a great number of references to mild weather at this time of years but from experience I can’t remember a tear like this

Yes, it has been very mild during the second half of December many times in the past but usually by now we have had a real cold spell that has, ‘seen of,’ so to speak, those plants which would otherwise keep going on and on. This year has been the exception and therefore we are finding that not just plants but birds and animals have been caught out. Hedgehogs are roaming about, a house martin flying around Attenborough Nature Reserve and spiders happily making cobwebs around the shed.

Back to the plant world and I myself have been quite delighted to see Hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’ in full flower, a container of English lavender looking as good as it does in summer and to top it all my Pelargonium ‘Frank Headley’ still giving its all out there in the garden. We all have our own examples of unseasonal happenings in the garden and although we rabbit on about wanting some really cold weather, I myself am enjoying every minute of this winter – so far.Geranium 054

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