Observations | Fern Verrow


On the lunchtime news a few days ago there was a report about daffodils blooming in a churchyard somewhere in the south of England… so very very early, however not surprising as it has been an exceptionally mild winter so far. Only two mornings where the ground has been icy at sunrise, but it has never stayed on the ground for long and has melted away by ten o’clock. With this mild weather we have never had so many crops at this time of year before, as the inevitable prolonged cold snaps quickly destroy all but the hardiest over-wintering vegetables. Yes, the amount of rainfall has left its mark with the ground being saturated and some of the early spring flowering/producing crops having had their feet as it were in water for so long that this will likely stunt their progress.

We are though approaching the cut off point for last seasons sowings as they become tired and start yellowing. Time to think about sowing a few seeds  perhaps, especially flowers and some long ripening fruits. It will be very interesting to see what the next few weeks bring weatherwise, a nice cold dry spell would be nice, to dry the soil, and a chance for bugs and diseases to be killed off by the cold temperatures, as is natures way.  The forecasters are currently teasing us with a cold snap next week… yes please Mr. Weatherman.

The trees are a little confused I think, as we go around the farm buds can be seen on bushes and trees, catkins are in full bloom and maybe it is my imagination but the birdsong is that of early March. Perhaps the chickens will lay again soon, perhaps a little too much to ask as they have not enjoyed the amount of rain very much.

Meanwhile we carry on with necessary tasks, time to get going on the pruning of roses and fruit trees and bushes. This job could be our favourite, nothing like a good tidy and a trim.


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