With climate change we are already used to mild winters. I suppose we never had much of a winter in central southern England but in my childhood I recall that there was usually about two weeks of the year with snow and frosts from October to March. We now seem to have a dark, wet, windy season with unhealthily mild temperatures. It seems to be around 10 Celsius each midday rather than the average of 2 degrees. Germs seem to be multiplying like crazy.
I wonder if we should rename the fourth season. How about following the trees and going for Spring, Leaf, Fall and Bare?
With the wet weather I have not bothered to look around my garden for a few weeks. Today I got a surprise when I looked at my herb garden.
Yes, the chives are well and truly up. In fact with 10 cm growth they could even be harvested! Normally they are a millimetre above the ground if visible at all in mid January.
What was even more surprising was that the wild garlic was a centimetre above ground. Again this seems weeks too early. Maybe we have lost the fourth season altogether and are slipping slowly from Autumn or Fall to Spring.
Another big suprise was last night when a little ladybird wandered over our dining table. Springwatch look out!