Friday, 31 May 2013
Thursday was an improving sort of a day with the rain of the last few days clearing away at last. It remained cool though with the temperature only reaching a high of 13.8°C.
There’s talk about how cold our spring has been this year. Here are my unofficial figures with only one more day to go. The 3 month average for March, April and May won’t change much with the addition of a single day.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:35
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Monday, 27 May 2013
Sunday was sunny and warm with the temperature making it to a high of 20.5°C in the afternoon.
On the plot our quince “Meeches Prolific” is living up to its name at least if the flowers are anything to go by. It’s difficult to photograph the tree in all its glory but the picture below shows the branches are absolutely covered in blossom.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 11:18
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Saturday was a lovely sunny day which was very fortunate for us as we had booked a day out at Aberystwyth and the Vale of Rheidol in Wales. We let the train take the strain as our specially chartered “Statesman” train picked us up in Leeds and transported us smoothly into mid Wales.
On the way from our train we managed to spot the ospreys of Springwatch fame at RSPB Ynys-hir but sadly no pictures. At Aberystwyth our narrow gauge steam train was waiting to take us up the Vale of Rheidol to Devil’s Bridge.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:15
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Friday was another cold, wet and windy day. It was more a less a repeat of Thursday. I've seen talk of it being the coldest spring for about 30 years. It just doesn't seem like spring.
The bad weather didn't bother our goldfinches who brought their first fledglings of the year to our sunflower feeder. The youngsters were swaying about violently as the wind blew the rose branch they were perching on.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:00
Friday, 24 May 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Monday continued with warm cloudy weather as the temperature only just failed to make it to 20°C again.
The last week or so of May last year was one of the best spells of summer with May 28 being the hottest day we had all year with a temperature of 82°C. The forecast this year seems for the weather to cool off over the next few days rather than warm up.
Whatever the weather is until the end of May it’s not going to improve the average temperature for the spring months of March, April and May.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:30
Monday, 20 May 2013
As if by magic Sunday was a much better day allowing us to get down to the plot and plant out some broad beans, peas and plant a few more potatoes. It was mostly cloudy all day with a few short sunny breaks in the afternoon but with the temperature making it to 19°C it was very pleasant working on the plot.
Our quince Meeches Prolific is almost into flower on the plot. It’s absolutely loaded with flower buds.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:59
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
After a better day yesterday Friday was back to more like we've become accustomed to. Cloudy and cool all morning with a few brighter spells in the afternoon and a little rain again into the evening.
The rain and wind has given blossom a hard time this spring so that blossom on trees and bushes hasn't lasted very long. It’s a case of hoping that the fruit blossom has lasted long enough for the bees to have done their pollinating work. In the garden our Conference pear blossom is over but the apples are still in flower.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:05
Friday, 17 May 2013
Thursday was dry and bright and feeling much warmer in the sunshine.
There still seems to be talk of frosts on the weather forecasts. I thought I’d look back over the last couple of years for which I've records to see when we had our last frosts. In the end I decided to make a note of the last day in spring when the temperature fell below 0°C and 3°C. Then out of interest I found the corresponding days these temperatures occurred in the autumn and calculated the number of days between each of the dates.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:33
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Wednesday was our wettest day for quite some time with rain continuing from late Tuesday night through to Wednesday lunch time. It did brighten up a little bit in the afternoon. By the time it stopped raining we’d had 15.8mm in the day, more than the whole of April. The last time we've had over 10mm of rain in the day was 09 March 2013 so the rainfall was much needed.
It was also the coldest average daily temperature of the month with a figure of just 7.4°C
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:13
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Another cool day for May with some morning sunshine giving way to more cloud in the afternoon. Light drizzle set in late in the afternoon which turned into more persistent rain later in the evening.
We’d decided to do some work on the plot in the afternoon provided it wasn't tipping down with rain. As we usually do we have a quick look around the plot as soon as we arrive to check on progress. A few of our potatoes have broken cover but they might just be a little early as more frosts are predicted for later in the week.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:03
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
We had over 6 hours of sunshine on Monday but it was still the coldest day of the month with the temperature managing only 13.1°C. I thought the idea was that the weather got milder through May not colder. Not only was it cold we also had gale force winds to accompany the occasion heavy squally showers.
In the greenhouse I managed to transplant some of our squash and courgette seedlings which are growing quickly now. These will certainly need the weather to improve before they are planted out on the plot.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:18
Monday, 13 May 2013
Another naff sort of a day with drizzly bits and pieces of dampness but no proper rain. Once again it was cool with the temperature only just making it into double figures.
At the end of April our sweet potatoes Beauregard arrived from Dobies and were immediately potted up and left in our cold greenhouse to grow on. They were excellent plants when they arrived.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 08:42
Sunday, 12 May 2013
After such a promising start to May the weather has definitely taken a turn for the worst. Saturday was the coldest day of the month with a maximum of 13.1°. With a strong to gale force wind it wasn't a particularly pleasant day at all. The heavy rainfall forecast for the afternoon didn't materialise.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 09:55
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Thursday’s and Friday’s weather wasn’t really anything special for May although we did register our first rainfall of the month with 3.4mm and 2.0mm falling respectively on the two days. Not really enough for us gardeners and with a blustery wind blowing I don’t suspect the dampness penetrated very far down into the soil. The unsettled weather is forecast to persist so it’s likely we’ll get some more rain over the next few days.
Posted by Martyn Garrett at 10:09