The topic of climate change is way too big for any mere blog post. It is the discussion of a great article or series thereof. My thought for today is very much on the immediate impact Of climate change. I’m not looking to the future and where we are headed and I’m not considering the factors which have got us here or those which will either save or condemn our future.
I’m just thinking about how the lack of definition in most seasons nowadays make predicting garden growth very difficult. Last night I was reading a 1991 book by two Venerable authors in Graham Rice and Christopher Lloyd ‘Garden Flowers From Seed’. In there, both authors discuss when they undertake certain plant production from seed and what factors determine these timings. Even since the early 90’s we have clearly experienced significant changes in the patterns of our weather And temperature.
When I was a kid in the 1980’s and 90’s, saying like March ‘comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb!’ and ‘April Showers’ all made sense and were pretty predictably true each year. So far in 2020, March was sunnier and more consistently warmer than June (at least in my memory) and for me in Crowborough, East Sussex, it rained only once and briefly at that in April. June has cooled down and produced significantly more rain than May did and seedlings and young plants that we’re growing well have definitely had their growth checked.
My beloved Tomato plants are not developing as they were and while the plants are strong, the fruit has temporarily stopped developing.
I look forward to more predictable weather. I don’t mind if it due to be rainy like October, or arid, like August, I just want something to occur as it should.
The only Snow we should see in Summer is Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer) click on name for Wikipedia link - I am not convinced it will be though!