The almost unprecedented spell of mild weather continues unabated, and seems likely to extend into January. Although there was little sun, a warm moist wind has blown all day, with temperatures of 16-17oC through the middle of the day. Such temperatures are comfortable for us, and help on the fuel bills, but are not good for the garden or the wider environment; actively growing plants will be vulnerable if a hard frost comes. Fitting these temperatures, or other 'abnormal' weather into the picture of global climate change is difficult, but surely they are part of the complex jigsaw that is only going to get muddled further as time goes on.
|Crocus laevigatus 'fontenyi' at RV Rogers nurseries, Pickering, at lunchtime - the flowers open as far as they would go without recurving.|
|Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara' usually comes into flower in early January: it's at least two weeks early this year.|
|Well-developed flowers on this seedling hellebore|
|The Silver Sebrights found good pickings around the bases of the perennials - they're particularly fond of young snails.|