As we go into the second week in January the weather remains mild – a complete contrast to the snows of the last two years.
If it carries on like this and we don’t get a cold snap then all kinds of things will happen.
Plants that rely on vernalisation and a certain number of cold degree days are going to be thrown out of sync. The alstromeria in the glass houses are still flowering – usually they need a cold snap to take them down to the ground.
Then we are likely to have a higher than usual pest complement in the early spring. We still have flies both in the house and in the packhouse which is unheard of at this time of year. They’re the small ones but even so. So you can probably count on the slugs and bugs getting a head start this year.
However it’s great to enjoy the signs of Spring at Wakehurst place which is just up the road from us here.
Here are a couple of pictures of early buds and flowers taken last thing yesterday afternoon.