Freezing: a spectacular southerly storm arrived last night, with wind, rain and hail. Last year the whole of October was plagued by freezing southerlies – it was apparently the coldest October since 1946, following an unusually warm early spring. As a result, some of my biennial plants, which are supposed to flower following their second winter, flowered in their first year. October was so cold that they thought they had already had two winters.
So I am really hoping that today’s southerly is just a one-off, and that I don’t spend the rest of the month freezing and watching the spring growth grind to a halt.
Eating: the first of my leeks. They aren’t very big – more like large spring onions – but they taste like any other leeks.