Although the weather is undoubtedly colder than it has been, it is still just as wet and the garden still seems to be very confused. Just take a look at the evidence gathered yesterday.
The geraniums are gathered for shelter under a table next to the house and are still - yes that is still in January! - flowering... Better than they were in the summer. I know that some of you will say bring them indoors. Well if I had space I would, but I don't! If they live all well and good, if not, well so be it!
Miniature roses STILL flowering... More crazy really huh!
Lobelia also STILL flowering... Even weirder somehow.
Many pots of bulbs that are growing well and will be blooming beautifully.
In fact everything is growing like crazy with all the rain and the mild temperatures. Including the specimen above. I thought it was a foxglove - good - but now I am feeling suspicious of it. Any thoughts?
The weeds are growing like mad, but it is too wet to get outside and do anything about it. There will be lots to sort out when it dries up a little.
We have one solitary daffodil flowering - too early! - it looks lovely, and if it gets any colder I will pick it and bring it in.
These red cyclamen have been flowering well since they were planted in the autumn. There are also wallflowers doing well and all of the little green shoots you can see below are bluebells making their presence known.
Big fat buds on the rhododendron.
The snowdrops are appearing in force and flowering too. I love to see them, but it seems too soon somehow.
If you can just make them out, those little white blobs in the grass are snowdrops.
There are all sorts of things out of sync. The daylily in the photo above is far ahead of where it should be. As you can see though, even though the temperatures - yesterday at midday - are lower than they were, it still isn't really that cold.
We are forecast cold and rain and snow, but seeing as how they forecast the worst winter for 50 years and it hasn't shown any evidence of being that terrible yet I do wonder. The plants will all be OK and even if they flower or grow at the wrong time they will recover next year and they will grow again. That is what is good about plants. It is also one of the reasons that gardeners are optimistic. We know that the plants will figure things out!
p.s. I have noticed that there has been another breakout of "you should/could/I would" comments disease recently in blogland which has been remarked upon by some of you. The best way to deal with this is to ignore! Just like a cold. Ignore it and it will soon go away. If it really troubles you mark the comment as spam and then press delete - you can select a delete forever option. You know you are good and happy!
added 14/1/16 p.p.s. not comments here, just elsewhere in blogland!