The weather we have been having during October has our poor plants so confused that they think spring has arrived already. It has been so warm, for the time of year, with the wind coming up from Africa, the few days that the wind was coming from the north, the promised frost didn’t arrive in the SW corner of the UK, my plants that have been protected must be sweltering under their covers !!! Usually we have had a frost by Oct.15 but so far not here. My first photo is of a very confused Epimedium.
The Berberis bush by the garage thinks that spring has arrived.
The Spirea bush in the bee and butterfly border thinks the same, the few insects that are still around are very grateful.
What does my Hellebore think it is doing, this plant has been flowering for a couple of months now, hope it remembers to flower again in February!
One lonely Candelabra primula, I think this one is Postford White. the bonus of it flowering again is that I will be able to harvest more seeds!
Just one of my Cowslips among hundreds of others, thinks that it is time to flower again. More nectar for any passing bee that hasn’t decided to hibernate yet.
One of my Iris unguicularis has decided to flower just a couple of months early, usually it is Dec/Jan that I first notice the flowers.
We did have a long dry spell here in Devon, so I don’t know if it is the weather being warmer than usual that has caused these flowers to be totally confused or maybe the plants think they are going to die with it having been so dry and they want to make sure they set seed. Whatever the reason is, it makes for a very colourful garden. The weather is now a bit colder, but still no frost. Lots of rain has come over the last few days so at last the ground is soft enough to plant all my spring bulbs. I am confused with the unseasonal weather, never mind the plants – do you have any confused plants?