Sunday, 5 October 2008

Winter makes an early appearance

Winter makes an early chilly appearance as all hopes of an Indian summer are washed away in the UK.

Only a week ago, the sun was out and it almost felt like the summer we never had.

There was even optimistic talk of a dry season.

We really should have known better. For torrential downpours and gale force winds hit us this weekend.

Following the relatively sunny and dry end to September, classic autumn conditions are now likely in many areas. But that pleasant spell has allowed the country to dry up sufficiently to mean there is no immediate danger of more flooding.

It does, however, mean that we have given up hope of finishing the Canna growing season with a flourish. From now on we will concentrate on digging up the collection, and replanting in the polytunnels, ready for what is threatened to be a hard, cold autumn and winter.

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