Here's One I Wrote Earlier
They say the British are obsessed with the weather and who can blame us? After a balmy January and a difficult February, March has another shock in store for us gardeners just now. Every spring is different and, in its own way, a challenge. 2005 got off to a prolonged cold start, so much so we wondered if spring would ever arrive. Here’s what I wrote three years ago:
Where has the Spring gone? It’s ever so cold,
I rang up the Met Office – it’s coming I’m told.
We’ve had hail, sleet and snow and winds that are biting,
Could we please have some weather that’s much less ‘exciting’?
My seeds are all waiting in packets shut tight,
As temperatures tumble below freezing at night,
I look out at frost every morning at dawn,
The poor lady frogs sit cross-legged with spawn.
There’s ice on the pond, the birds get no drink,
They look so forlorn as they perch on the brink.
Clematis cirrhosa puts on a display,
But abeliophyllum has called it a day.
The grass is not growing so I don’t have to cut it,
But my echium’s died – I’m really quite gutted,
My cherry’s not flowering, no pink showing yet,
But at least it’s quite dry and not soaking wet.
The daffs started growing but now they have stopped,
I’m sure they have noticed the temperature’s dropped,
The borders are tidied, the cloches are out,
There’s robins and thrushes but no snails are about.
Snowdrops are still flowering and hellebores too,
And hydrangeas show green on shoots that are new,
No weeds yet, thank goodness, their growth is on hold,
But where has the Spring gone? It’s ever so cold.
- 16 Mar, 2008
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