At this time of year I usually take lots of pictures in my garden, documenting every emerging plant and every plant in flower. The last 2 months I have taken so few pictures I couldn’t really believe it when I started adding them up. I have wanted to go outside this week to take some pictures for my blog but to be honest it has been so cold I haven’t really been up for any photo safari, not even just outside in my garden.
But today when I was getting ready for going to a hospital appointment I thought I just had to go out and take a photo, as it just started to snow again!! Let me remind you, this is London, 4th April. Can you see the snow? If not, please click to enlarge the photo. It snowed for a couple of hours, but by the time I came home again tonight it was gone dark so I could not take any photos in my garden. The snow didn’t amount to much anyway, but it tells you how cold we still have it here. It was a measly 3 degrees on my thermometer today, slightly helped by the fact that I have my thermometer on a window so I guess it might have been even a bit colder earlier today. This weather has now broken every record in the books, apparently there is only one winter that has been colder, in 1948, and we are not out of the woods yet.
What I miss most is proper sunshine. I can have quite cold weather if I have a nice, crisp, sunny day. But we have had gloomy overcast weather for months on end and that takes its toll. Sure there has been a few days with sunshine here and there, we had one here the other day, but one day in between weeks of overcast just isn’t enough, not for me and not for my garden, we need weeks with warmth and sunshine now :-) Not much sun on offer the next 10 days though, and as you can see on the forecast above, more snow to come overnight but tomorrow there is a significant change in London. It will get slightly warmer towards the middle of next week, although 11 degrees Celsius in the middle of April is not exactly something to celebrate, in a normal year, that would have been called ‘cold weather’ – but after what we have had the last few months I take anything double figured!
I hope these slightly higher temperatures will wake up my garden from its very long winter hibernation, there are flowers on the verge of opening everywhere, they just need that final push. I hope I will be back with lots of photos for you soon, until then, take care :-)