Last month was the wettest July in England and Wales for a century, with 141.7mm (5.58in) of rainfall, more than double the average. This comes after the Met Office had forecast a barbecue summer for us!
The Met Office is now predicting warmer weather for the weekend and well into next week, and possibly beyond. Temperatures will rise above average, into the mid to high 20s celsius (mid-70s to mid-80s fahrenheit), and it will be warm at night.
How sunny it will be remains uncertain. Helen Chivers, of the Met Office, said: “Sunshine is difficult to work out at the moment because the high pressure is not quite strong enough to keep out moisture from the Atlantic, which means there will be clouds, with the chance of a few isolated showers and drizzle at times.”
What does it mean for us at Claines Canna? Perhaps we could now start grooming the collection, dead-heading and removing dodgy foliage. After this evil summer that will mean removing a lot of leaves! So how bad a year has it been for us so far? Well, a neighbour stated that they go on holiday at the same time each year, and he had noted on his return that our Canna are the smallest he can ever remember at this time of the year, so we still have lots of growth to make up and maybe only half of the collection have flowered so far. As yet, there has been no seed to collect, also unheard of in the last fifteen years.
If we can get two weeks of good sunshine then there is a chance that we can turn the year around, but time is starting to run out.