Monday, 2 February 2015
The last few days of January and the first few days of February see us covered by Met Office yellow warnings for snow and also for icy conditions. These warnings change on a fairly regular basis and but for the last few days haven’t really described our weather conditions. It’s been cold and we had a few snow showers on Thursday but since then nothing. We've had some overnight frost but nothing very severe with the coldest temperature down to -1.2°C on Monday morning. It is the end of January after all we can expect it to be cold, frosty with a few snow showers thrown in.
As it’s turned out January wasn't all that cold, finishing up a little bit milder, by just 0.2°C, than expected. It’s finished up a little cooler than last year.
February is starting with a pretty chilly theme but in the garden the first signs that spring is on its way are there but they do take a bit of searching out. The hellebores pictured above are obvious as are the snowdrops below which will be coming into full flower over the next week or so.
Following from our snowdrops will be iris Katherine Hodgkin. I had to have a close inspection of the border to find any sign of them but then I spotted this little cluster of buds that will be soon coming into flower.
So even though February can be one of our coldest months, we've got the first flowers of the year to look forward to and then once March is here we can start planning for the main growing season.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:19