November was yet another magnificent month on the natural splendour front - technicolour leaves positively luminous against navy skies for much of the time. Or at least it was until Storm Arwen blasted in with arctic temperatures and gales to spoil the show and strip the trees back to their bare (but very beautiful) bones...
What pretty days October yielded. Slanting golden sun, blue(ish) skies, balmy temperatures and little to grumble about on the weather front for much of the month – albeit with a few notable exceptions!
What a bonus it is to be British - a sodden, disappointing August (too cold and wet, obviously), a warm, sunny September (too dry, obviously) and then a nip of cooler air to remind us the seasons occasionally play ball. Thank heavens for the endlessly fascinating topic of weather as a conversational crutch, given the dearth of anything else of interest to talk about(!).
It was the hottest July ever recorded globally. In some parts of the UK, the entire month’s rainfall fell in the first 10 days of August. With climate change being the hot topic (literally), it’s just the ticket that we happy band of gardeners are in a position to help a little by indulging our passion for planting things...
Well – what a rollercoaster July was. Temperatures that made Mediterranean heat look frankly feeble one week, then rain and cool air the next…
So much for flaming June and the great British summer. It’s all as maverick as ever, those few scorching days early on merely teasing us into hot weather mode before the cool and damp set in...
May - or maybe not. The less said about last month’s filthy weather the better. Mutterings of how many days ‘til the nights start to draw in just add insult to injury, so onto cheerier thoughts…
Well, what an arid, teasing month April was. Sunny days that promised balmy temperatures but delivered, often as not, frankly frigid winds, ridiculously cold nights (April 2021 was one of the frostiest for 60 years) and not a drop of rain in sight…
A year on from lockdown 1 and whilst many are no doubt relishing their new-found fluency in Mandarin/sourdough making skills/cup playing prowess (yes, it’s been a hit during the last year apparently), the gardeners amongst us are practically fizzing with excitement at the prospect of longer, lighter, brighter days, warmer temperatures and the arrival of spring proper…
Well that was quite some arctic sting February had up its sleeve. But things are rapidly looking up; there’s definite promise in the air; the light has a different quality, the sun has a hint of warmth, our gardens are beckoning and – oh joy – the darkness falling that heralded tea-time a few weeks ago now murmurs "gin time…"
As years go, 2021 has already proven itself a bit of a challenge. Looking on the bright side, though, what fun it was that snow fell on a Sunday so all ages could hit the slopes for some socially-distanced sledging and all the hilarity, shrieking and cheerfulness that brings.
Happy New Year to you all – despite a frankly dismal end to 2020, the sight of budding buds on lilac and fruit trees - along with a couple of approved vaccines - is a cheerful reminder that, hopefully, 2021 will herald better times to come, not least in our gardens!
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