Monday, 28 June 2010


Note for Sunday 27th
The temperature reached 28.8°C yesterday afternoon, our hottest day of the year. Will we manage the dizzy highs of the summer of  '76?
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The pesky birds aren't satisfied with the food and water they get put out each day, or  re-filled several times a day in the case of their bird bath, they have to turf out our trays of germinating sweet williams.
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Note for Saturday 26th
Warm and sunny
It’s just possible that this will be the best spell of weather this summer.
At the moment with the forecast for the fine weather to continue into next week June looks set to be warmer than average but it looks likely to turn out to be another month with rainfall well below average.
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Note for Friday 25th
More fine weather
The excellent spell of weather continued today.
We visited Nunnington Hall situated in North Yorkshire by the River Rye to view the gardens and Bempton Cliffs on the coast to see the nesting seabird colonies.
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Note for Thursday 24th
More cloud
The fine spell of weather continued today despite having more cloud today.
The sunshine is ripening our strawberries by the day.
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Note for Wednesday 23rd
Fine spell continues
We had a bit less sunshine today. The spell of fine weather is forecast to continue for the next few days with no signs of any rain for the allotment and garden.
The plot this week
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Note for Tuesday 22nd
Tuesday turned out to be our hottest day of the year with the mercury reaching 27.2°C. We had sunshine from dawn to dusk.
The plot really does need rain now. It’s difficult to dig planting holes in the bone dry soil as we found out yesterday planting peas and squashes.
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The last 3 months have been dry and the chart below shows how our actual rainfall is only two thirds of expected by June.
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Note for Monday 21st
Sizzling Solstice
The morning was cloudless. In the afternoon some patchy cloud developed but it was still a beautiful day.
Our plot yesterday afternoon showing the light cloud cover. I don't know the variety of rose which has been glamorising our compost heap for many years now.
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Monthly Temperature Comparisons
I’ve changed the temperature comparison charts from weekly to monthly. I think this gives a better comparisons of past and present than the weekly charts. The charts below to compare our monthly temperatures this year with those of last year and the coldest and warmest temperatures for each month. The figures are mean temperatures for each day.

Table produced using data from the Met Office Hadley Centre. The data covers the period 1772 to 2009

Greenhouse v Outside Temperatures
I've also added the following spreadsheet tracking my greenhouse v outside temperatures for February and March

Monday, 21 June 2010

Warm and sunny

Note for Sunday 20th
The weather made a complete turn around today and it was a warm and sunny day. It took a while to warm up but by early afternoon it was a nice June day.
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Finally our kiwi flowers are starting to open. Any sort of kiwi fruit would be fantastic as it would be our very first fruit. Fingers crossed!

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Note for Saturday 19th
Cool and Cloudy
It was the coldest day of the month with an average temperature of just 11.3°C. It’s the first time since May12th that the average temperature for the day has only reached the average daily minimum. The cloud did thin late afternoon to give a bright if cool end to the day.
We still have lots of plants growing on in our rather untidy nursery plant area at home. Next week is forecast to be fine so hopefully more plants will be transferred to the plot.
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Note for Friday 18th
Mostly cloudy
In contrast to yesterday it remained cloudy and cool today until the middle of the afternoon when the sun broke through. This gave us a pleasant late afternoon and evening.
In the greenhouse our grapes are beginning to look more like bunches of grapes.
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Note for Thursday 17th
Another glorious day
Today turned out to be slightly warmer than Wednesday with dawn to dusk sunshine and a gentle breeze.
The sky around lunchtime was a super clear blue.
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Note for Wednesday 16th
It was a repeat of yesterday but better as following the cold start it turned out to be a glorious June day with un-broken sunshine and a light breeze.
In the greenhouse our grapevine is growing well with a tempting crop of grapes now forming. Despite my best efforts at pruning in an attempt to stop it taking over the entire greenhouse it usually escapes through the open window to do its own thing and spread over the greenhouse roof. Just to be different this year the grapevine has escaped outside whilst the Conference pear tree growing outside has managed to find a way in .
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Note for Wednesday 16th (morning)
Following the 6.6°C overnight last night it was even colder with a low of just 5.7°C at 05:30 Wednesday morning. We are less than a week away from the summer solstice!

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Note for Tuesday 15th
Cold overnight
The temperature fell to just 6.6°C overnight. Somewhere must have been close to a frost. Temperature trace is shown below.
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After the cold start in the morning Tuesday turned out to be a lovely sunny day.
When we arrived at the plot a blackbird was helping itself to our redcurrants which are just starting to ripen. It was time for the netting to come out!
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Note for Monday 14th
Cold and Dull
This week is off to a cold and cloudy start. We had just a drop of overnight rain but dry through the daytime. At the mid point of the month it seems that the early promise of an excellent June is fast disappearing. The mini heat wave for the first few days of the month sent June’s average temperature rocketing to near record levels but the last week has seen the temperatures sink back to average for June. We have had some welcome rain, just about on the average for the month.
Rose Baroness Rothschild is on flower. Pity I can’t blog the perfume of our roses.
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Monday, 14 June 2010


Note for Sunday 13th
After Saturday it was disappointing to have another damp showery day. In all we had 7.2mm of rain bringing June’s total so far to 27.6mm around half the total for the whole month and leaving us on track for an average amount of rainfall this month.
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Continuing pictures of our roses in bloom this one is Evelyn.
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Note for Saturday 12th
Typically June
Saturday was another nice June day with plenty of long sunny periods.
Our roses suffered some damage from the recent rain but are putting on a good show now. Golden Wings probably suffered most but still has some lovely flowers.
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Note for Friday 11th
Big improvement
The weather was a typical June today. It was sunny and pleasantly warm. On the plot the rain of the last few days has done wonders and crops are coming on a treat.
The potatoes in the greenhouse have been moved outside to make way for a summer crop of tomatoes. It’s time to find out what sort of crop our potatoes in bags have produced.
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Note for Thursday 10th
Dull and dreary again
It wasn’t much like flaming June remaining dull, cloudy and cool all day. I did manage to sow some over wintering cauliflowers. It’s amazing that I’ve still got 2 of last years cauliflowers to clear and I’m sowing seed for cauliflowers that will be ready next May.
The dull weather gave me chance to mess around with the software for my new weather station. I’ve managed to get it talking to my PC after lots of messing about. All I’ve got to do now is sort out the terminology. The idea is to get almost live data (say every 15mins) onto my web site. The blurb says it’s easy but I’m not so sure. I’ve messed with the HTML bit and sorted out a suitable upload. I’ve just to sort out the FTP bit which is all new to me. Here’s a screen shot of the sort of thing I might be able to upload if I can sort out a host and how to FTP.
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Note for Wednesday 9th
Dull and showery
Wednesday was another dull and overcast day with some heavy showers thrown in around lunchtime for good measure. Whilst this sort of weather puts gardening activities on hold at least we won’t have to do any watering on the plot for a while.
Perhaps it’s time to put the BBQs away for the month. Click here for full article.
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Note for Tuesday 8th
Dull & overcast
It was forecast to rain most of the day and I suppose it did. It was light rain when it fell even though dark clouds threatened more serious downpours which didn’t arrive.
I encountered a few teething problems with my new weather station. It just refuses to talk to my PC. It did yesterday but not today! These things are sent to test us.
In the greenhouse my melon plants are starting to flower in their 10cm pots. I must find them a suitably warm spot to grow on and with a lot of luck produce a melon or two.
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Note for Monday 7th
Heavy Showers??
We were lucky or perhaps unlucky today in that we missed the heavy showers that were around. We did get a gentle shower in the afternoon but not the sort of heavy showers around Leeds that manage a mention on the Sky national weather forecast.
I’m trying to come to terms with my new gadget that measures solar radiation. To report 12 hours of bright sunshine today is stretching things a bit far. More investigation is needed.
I did manage to start planting out my tomato plants in the greenhouse. These are rather late this year due to germination failures and then the cold start to May.
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Monday, 7 June 2010

Welcome rain

Note for Sunday 6th
Today was our wettest day since the end of March. The garden and plot will appreciate the rain it always seems to beat any amount of watering.
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On the plot our broad beans are in flower so hopefully the rain has come at a good time for them.
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Note for Saturday 5th
BBQ weather
We made the most of good weather and had a BBQ on the plot with our plot neighbours. It did cloud over at lunchtime but cleared up mid afternoon to give another fine dry day.
The weather continues to bring the roses into flower. Elmshorn is the second of our roses into flower.
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Note for Friday 4th
More sun
More or less a repeat of yesterday. In the evening it clouded over and threatened rain but it never arrived.
Potatoes caught by the frost are now recovering well. These are Sarpo Mira a blight resistant variety which certainly survived the blight last year when all other potatoes succumbed. Just a little weeding required.
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Note for Thursday 3rd
Summer’s back
It was another very nice summer’s day today. I’m gradually updating my weather station information. Today was the first full day of recording sunshine amounts. The amounts will be added to the daily charts at the moment.
Meteorologically June is the start of summer and our rose Jacqueline du Pré is out to welcome its arrival.
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Note for Wednesday 2nd
More like it!
After a dull and dreary day yesterday it was more like summer today. It was sunny most of the day and pleasantly warm with just a gentle breeze.
Ferns in the garden are growing well despite the dry weather.
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Note for Tuesday 1st
Dull and damp
Today was a repeat of last Saturday. It was cloudy all day with spells of drizzle or light rain, I’m not sure of the difference, but in the end just 1.4mm of rainfall. The poor weather gave me the chance to tidy up the records for May and add them to our web site. The details can be found by clicking here.
In the greenhouse it’s good growing weather. I sowed some 2 year old alpine strawberries (Mignonette) seed on the 18th May. As it was old seed I sprinkled it rather thickly expecting poor germination. It’s not the case and the seed has germinated well. Tiny fingers will be needed to prick it out!
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Note for Monday 31st
The month has given us some highs and lows but it went out on a very average note. Temperatures were around average and some sunshine made it a pleasant enough day. It was obvious on the plot though that the 5mm or so of rainfall on Saturday had done little to ease the dry conditions.
Our strawberries are now protected with straw and all that we need now are some ripe strawberries. I think we will need to be patient for a couple of weeks longer.
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