Crazy mixed up seasons

Remember when seasons used to be very distinct? Winter cold snaps kept the slug population under control; April showers came right on cue to water in your newly planted seedlings and the midsummer heat wave was there to help your crops put on a spurt.

Bath, british flowers.

Our seedlings starting up

Bath, British flowers

Both 2015 and 2016 have been bonkers with warm dry springs and wet, cooler summers. The perennials have done well in these circumstances and our spring-sown sweet peas have romped away; but it’s true to say that the late sown half-hardy annuals have struggled a little to get going because of the lack of heat.

British flowers, wiltshire

Our early sweet-peas

British flowers, bath

We’ve mitigated some of the effects by using the greenhouse and polytunnel and waited to plant out until the temperatures are better. Big temperature differences put plants under stress and there are certainly more pests and diseases after a mild winter. There’s never a dull moment in flower farming. You have to keep vigilant and flexible to weather conditions and its effects on your plants. We’re learning every day.

Bradford-on-avon, british flowers

Sunflowers we started in the polytunnel

We’d be interested to know how your flower gardens are growing season by season.

One thought on “Crazy mixed up seasons

  1. Terri

    Becky will probably remember all the fields of lovely sunflowers in July over here. Well, they are not even coming into flower yet (past mid July)! Must have been the cool spring? x

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