Every so often just to remind us of what we're not having, the weather gods have thrown in a day of glorious blue skies and sun. Earlier in the week we even had some frost; not much, just a day or two, but now it's back to grisaille and the warmer than average temperatures.
|snowdrops and budding daffs|
It has confused our plants. The snowdrops have been in flower for some time. Our daffodils and narcissi have large fat buds and the poor Japanese quince is partly in flower. Last year the daffodils were at this stage in late-ish February.
|fat flower buds|
It has also confused a very unwelcome visitor - the pine processionary catepillar. We really really do not like these! They can be dangerous for dogs and cats and humans too can be affected. They cause an allergic reaction and Antoinette reacts strongly, we wrote about them here. This year they too have come out too early and we have seen the occasional procession since December. On the plus side is the hope that the more that appear now, and --hopefully-- die, the less will appear when the weather improves and we begin to think about sitting outside.
Weather wise we wonder what next? A freak snow storm? Or some nice sun? Or more grey...