Monday, 10 May 2010

Cold nights forecast

Note for Sunday 9th
There was plenty of sunshine today but temperatures remained stubbornly on the cool side. It remains particularly cold over night, slowing the growing of plants in the greenhouse. I’ve delay sowing French beans for a week or so until the weather warms a little.
From 02 Weather 2010
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From 02 Weather 2010

I’ve noticed a few predictions for summer. If you care to check them out you can find them from the following links to the Daily Express and AccuWeather.

Note for Saturday 8th
Continuing cold
Today was cold and cloudy with a brisk breeze from the north east.
The first 8 days of May have been on the cold side. I’ve added a chart to the blog showing the average temperature after 8 days of the month from warmest to coldest Mays. We are much nearer the coldest recorded May temperatures and around 2°C below the first 8 day of May last year.
From 02 Weather 2010
I read last week that the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr which is quite close to us lost all their tree ferns over winter. They recorded a low of minus 11°C compared with our minus 6.5°C. (Click here to read article) Our tree fern has survived and has started to unfurl its new fronds. It did have fleece in the crown to protect it over winter.

From 02 Weather 2010

Note for Friday 7th
Cold wind
The wind remained in a cold north or easterly direction today making it feel rather cold. The forecast for the weekend and into the early part of next week is for night time temperatures down to 0°C. I’m hoping some fleece will be enough to protect tender plants growing in the greenhouse.
The cucumber plants I thought had suffered from cold night time temperatures in the greenhouse a few nights ago appear to have made a full recovery and have been potted on.
From 02 Weather 2010
Note for Thursday 6th
A cloudy day today with drizzle or light rain in the morning but clearing by lunchtime.
Our banana tree (musa basjoo) is just pushing through its winter protection of straw. I’ll leave the straw in place for a week or so as the night time temperatures are still quite low.
From 02 Weather 2010
Note for Wednesday 5th
Temperatures returned to normal today. There wasn’t a lot of sunshine but with very light winds it felt milder than of late.
Our water hawthorn in the pond has produced its first flower of the year.
From 02 Weather 2010
Note for Tuesday 4th
A bit more like it
The temperature was up a little today. The average temperature for the previous 2 days was only 7°C, low for early May. The day still had a cool feel especially out of the sunshine but the average did creep up to 8.8°C, still a couple of degrees below expected.
My cucumber seedlings didn’t look too happy. I think it might have been the cold overnight temperature down to 5.8°C in the greenhouse. I’m hopeful that they will recover so I’ll wait a few days to see what happens before re-sowing.
From 02 Weather 2010

April Weather summary

I’ve added a summary of the weather data recorded for April to our web site. Click here for more details.

Note for Monday 3rd
Remaining cold
The week is continuing on a bit of a cold theme. The last two weeks of April felt like summer was on its way so it’s a bit disappointing to have temperatures so cold at the beginning of May. I suppose we cannot expect an improvement until the wind moves out of the cold north or easterly direction it’s in. The pie chart below shows the wind direction for the first 3 days of May.
From 02 Weather 2010
It is amazing how quickly the garden transforms from the days of mid winter into late spring. Just compare the photos below. The upper photo taken on 2nd May 2010 compared with 14th January 2010
From 02 Weather 2010



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