High Spring, 2015. Part 1: Away from the Trees

Snakes Head fritillaries…always a favourite!

Francis Pryor - In the Long Run

One of the great pleasures of the English climate is the way that each season has its own character and indefinable atmosphere, both of which vary from year to year. This year started with an average January, after a much milder than normal December. It was followed by a colder than usual February. After a dampish start, March proved dry and cold and this weather continued throughout April. It was ideal weather for lambing, with very little bacterial disease, but plants in the garden grew slowly and reluctantly. I’ve never known such late crops of asparagus and rhubarb, both of which only came through in the last week of April – in quantities worth picking. The dryness has just persisted into May, although at last – and typically during the May Bank Holiday – there are signs of real rain arriving, hopefully tonight. I’ve kept rainfall records since Maisie and…

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