There have been reports recently that the recent good weather is about to take a nose dive and that we should expect snow this October.
As you can imagine this worried me.
As temperatures soared yesterday (Saturday 1st October to an all time high of 85.8F) it seems we are set for an indian summer! I was talking to a friend last night who had just returned from Sheffield and he was joking about the locals who were still wandering around in shorts and flip-flops!
Some plants are getting a little confused and blooming early. I noticed that in one of our new gardens the Rhododendrons are going for a second bloom.
If this trend continues it could extend the summer flowering period and impact on the traditional winding down of the garden during the late Autumn.
But be warned!
Last year we were all taken by surprise when the cold period hit early with snow fall towards the end of November. A lot of plants were damaged as a result of this and the prolonged periods of snow that followed during the winter. Among these bays, yuccas, palms and boxes all suffered. So this year we need to be prepared to move under cover less hardy plants and wrap wherever possible others.
Netweather www.netweather.tv are suggesting that temperatures will remain close to the normal pattern in October, with November being slightly cooler than average. Forecasts of widespread snow during October have not been made by Netweather. Although they say that it is not uncommon to see some snow on the hills and mountains of Northern Britain and Scotland. So maybe reports of snow are a little exaggerated after all!