Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Season of mists and mellow fruitfullness

It's meant to be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. We have often had the first frosts by now in previous years, and are frantically digging up our Cannas to move into the protection of the polytunnels.
But this week, autumn has been transformed into the season of dazzling sunshine and temperatures soaring into the 70s. 
The mini heatwave is set to last until Friday night in what the Met Office describe as an 'official Indian Summer'.
Forecasters predict that temperatures will peak at 70F (21C) in the South-East and Midlands on Thursday, compared to the usual highs of 52F (11C) during the last week of October.
It is excellent news for us as we have started moving the Canna collection indoors at a leisurely pace, with a target of having the whole of the collection moved by the end of the week.
This season we are not attempting to over-winter the species plants. We have decided to grow them next season just from seed, and to grow them indoors, as there is no pleasure from growing them in the current English Midlands climate, where they are deprived of the minimum amount of light they need to flourish.

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