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Compare with last year.
The average temperature was 5.8C with a minimum of -3.2C and maximum of 17.0C, and
there were 8 frost days when the temperature dropped below zero.
So the coldest temperatures were below that reached in February, so
both the autumn and spring lowest temperatures were lower than the
whole of the winter months.
It rained on 18 days, with a total of 24mm of rain, so a very dry
month like Dec and Jan.
The main part of the garden is quite bare in the winter and it still
is. In some ways this is intentional as the earliest flowering plants
are at the edges so that the later flowers grow up in front as they
I noticed that I lost my Geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw' which should have
been one of the spots of green. Also missing is …
This coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) appeared in one of the
containers. There has never been one in the garden, although they are
common enough round about, especially where earth has been turned over
as part of building works in the next estate.
Since the flowers appear before the leaves,
it must have been there last year (or longer!) and I didn't just notice it.
This prompted me to look it up and I found this
interesting coltsfoot page.
It seems that they grow well on clay, so it is ironic that it is
growing in the container with compost instead of the heavy clay in the
rest of the garden.
I am continuing to have
problems finding early
spring bulbs that work
well with my garden conditions.
There are a few Puschkinia flowering but fewer
than last year I feel.
The flowers fall over easily and perhaps they need to be somewhere
sheltered a bit surrounded by something taller.
Anyway here is a single one at the back of the garden.
So this appeared:
There used to be a Eryngium 'Neptune's gold' in roughly the same
location which has a similar lime green colour.
Trouble is that it died last year and was removed.
So possibly it wasn't fully dead and a piece of root remained which is
now regrowing, or it is a seedling.
The new shoots last year looked completely different to this. It
looks more like a seedling to me.
If it is a seedling, then it is most likely to grow to be very different
from the original.
The catkins on the hazel are now opening.
They take a day or two to completely open, so I try to pick the day where
they are about half out to declare Catkin Day.
As you can see there are still some that have not opened fully.
This is the latest they have opened which is a bit of a surprise, and
I wonder what triggers their opening as this winter seems like it was
the mildest it has been since I got here.
Last year was the earliest they have opened - the 22nd February.
I like this orange cowslip-like primula.
It has been increasing and there are separate plants with a similar
colour like this, one of
them is quite a distance away.
This is Primula 'Gold lace'
This blue Primula is in the same area as the previous one.
I think I bought it last year to replace ones that didn't survive.
Another nearby one didn't survive.
The first of the pre-existing Daffodils to open is in the back border.
Last year it was one in the left border, but there are fewer and
fewer of the original Daffodils in that border each year and
none of the remaining ones is anywhere near flowering.
The first of the N. 'Jetfire' from last year are flowering.
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Compare with last year.
The average temperature was 4.7C with a minimum of -1.1C and maximum of 11.8C, and
there were 5 frost days when the temperature dropped below zero.
So overall it was warmer than November and December.
It rained on 19 days, with a total of 74mm of rain, so there was much
less rain than in many places that suffered floods.
Funnily enough the minimum temperature through the whole of the winter
months was only -2.3C and there was a colder day in November than that. Its
also likely that the temperature will drop below that in
March too in which case there will be colder days in autumn and spring
than in winter.
Things look more bare than I remember at this time last year, mainly I
think because the new area which is highly visible from the house has …