Vernal equinox 2013

Both the calendar and the planet say it’s Spring today. Hmm! Cloudy, dull, damp and cold. We reached a dazzling 5.1°C today here in Reading and there were mumbles on the radio of this March heading toward being the coldest for 50 years. Any gardener can’t help but notice the weather doesn’t seem to be as temperate as it might be.

Anyhow, the flush of snowdrops and crocus in the Chelsea exhibit lawns has passed, even though outdoors both of them continue, trapped in

time.

Chelsea exhibit lawns at the vernal equinox.

Chelsea exhibit lawns at the vernal equinox.

 

Outside, the demonstration lawn hasn’t progressed much, although there are some daffodils showing through now. Everything sits in suspended animation it seems, just waiting for some sunshine and some warmth.

 

Vernal equinox on the demonstration lawn.

Vernal equinox on the demonstration lawn.

 

Where’s a druid with a sunshine spell when you need one?

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