11 May 2013
Typical British spring weather!
Two days ago, on popping down to the gardens, I was astonished by the sight of the blossom on the fruit trees. The warm sunshine had brought on a display that would have done a bridal florist proud. Waves of foaming white blossom graced both cherry trees; the apple blossom, although less prolific, was equally beautiful.
Yesterday, as with the rest of the UK, we were hit by gale force winds. These have eased very slightly for today but I'm anticipating that there won't be much blossom left by the end of the weekend so I'm pleased that I took these photos for posterity. Only time will tell if the flowers were pollinated in time to produce fruit this summer. The pears and plums had already lost their blossom so I remain slightly hopeful of some of the trees producing.
For the past few years we've had a blast of warm weather followed by April showers and May gales. I remember planting out my beans and sweet corn a couple of years ago after weeks of warm sunshine. The next day they were decimated by gale force winds and lashing rain and I had to resow. This year, I'm being more cautious - I still have lots of seedlings on my balcony. They must go into the garden soon so, once the winds have died down, a nice bout of British late spring weather will do me nicely - and by that I mean cooler temperatures - around 12C (54F) - and plenty of showers. I've appreciated the warm sunshine while it lasted but now it would be nice to return to a gentle move towards summer. Well, a gardener can dream ... this is British weather, after all. (And Chelsea flower show starts in 10 days which is pretty well guaranteed to mix the weather up!)