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Can somebody tell me what happened this year? March and April up here in Cheshire were very cold due to constant Easterly winds. Little if anything grew in the garden and if it did it was so slow to develop leaves and  flower buds on all herbacious plants from Penstemun, Phlox, Hostas to roses and other shrubs, were 3-4 weeks behind the usual. We then had in July and August temperatures similar to those we see in the West Indes in winter 88-90 degrees - for those who do not understand 28-30C!

Then all of a sudden it is September 24th and it has all gone. The temperature today was an exceptional 70 degrees but yesterday (Monday) was thick cloud and a chilly East air stream. The Met Office (in their wisdom got both yesterday and today completely wrong) although nothing unusual in that. The 2 months of summer we had, seemed to pass so quickly it is as though we missed it.

How has you summer been?


still waiting bigolob. I don't like too much heat  and if I haven't been too hot a few times we haven't had summer.

Hiya bigolob, agree with you.  Summer has been fantastic....still is here. ,temps around 20 I guess.  The long days of summer, lomg daylight hours,,the planning for a summer display ...where has that all gone?  I think the garden enjoyed the delayed late start and responded by delivering huge crops of flowers, fruit n veg.  (does anyone remember me saying we are in for a glorious summer back in the spring?)

flowering rose

It has been a lovely summer but not all plants did well and keeping up with it all even thou I am now retired seems to need more time.


I don't seem to have needed to use my watering can much at all from about 2 weeks after sowing my seeds. Granted at times it has been hot and wet, and there have been sunny spells for working on my car and van, but not for a while. At least it has warmed up a few degrees here, I thought I was going to have to put the heating on early a week or so ago!


Boater and Verdun where do you live? Here in Cheshire the temperature throughout July and August was around 86 degrees F. - not had that for years and I must admit that after 4-5 weeks of it, most of us had had enough!

My collection of Penstemon  have and still are fantastic, I have roses in flower which I have never before seen in late September - mind you the idiots who forcast the new religion of `global warming` some years ago so that we could all be taxed for something nobody else had thought of at the time also forcast that we would be growing Cacti in the UK. Latest forcast is that it is NOT going to get warmer, it going to get COLDER!! So much for Experts.

Morning bigolob

Im in Cornwall.  Far south west.  Temps were not 86 but were high and almost every day  made for a great summer.  Today we are not getting sun but it's very warm....actually it's drizzling now but,very humid.

The garden is looking at its best right now....overflowing with colour....reflecting a great summer.

Im not convinced by global warming.....never have been.  Too many vested interests and too many people, groups and companies making money by the hype and scaremongering.  I believe nature is far more powerful than anything humans can do to one another....we may destroy mankind with nuclear weapons and the like but we will never destroy the planet.


I agree with you Verdun, i'm a climate change sceptic as well - i believe that its a natural cycle that the planet goes through, always has, always will.

One last thought - in 1660 Samuel Peeps wrote that in the February of that year, he was able to walk around London "Without a top coat". 200 years later in Dickens time, the Thames froze deep enough so that people could skate on it. I agree with you all, Global Warming, Rubbish!!

I agree with Verdun too.  I think he is a smart fellow 


Sorry folks!


Summer is still here in South Wales

Garden still looks incredible

Also here in Cheshire, yesterday and before was just an extension of summer. Temperature 65 degrees F and the garden still looking fabulous. However, today (Oct 9th) temperature 53 degrees F and a cold westerly blowing and feels like `Here comes winter!!`

Winter is Coming, indeed! Most of my bulbs planted up in the last few weeks for next year and the majority of remaining perrenials put into a raised bed in their pots for some extra warmth. Predicted to be very cold this year. Summer just isn't long enough. As a poster said abiove though, some plants still doing remarkably well including Penstemon, Aster, and even my little delosperma ice plants.

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