February Gail’s bring Spring charm. 

Warm winter winds in February? The Gardening nation of much of the Southern counties of U.K, have been enjoying a particularly mild winter! 

Now with the early, global warming signs of Spring. 

2016 is fast becoming a wet and warm start to the year, with January ‘s high winds and rain brought little of the sub-zero temperatures we’ve been used to. 
Whilst heavy flooding and Gail force winds abound, areas of the British  countryside are Springing into action.

  
Birds are signing, building nests and I even discovered some freshly hatched pigeon eggshells just a few days ago.

Strangest thing in my garden the winter aconites are flowering alongside the daffodils, the crocus and the snowdrops fresh and new and all together. 

  
I am concerned about my Allium there shoots haven gotten so tall, almost 12″ already! Heaven knows when they are planning to flower in April with the Tulips.

  
It’s a crazy year weather wise with both extremes. The north and south divide in play or as this current band of hurricane Harry would suggest west meets east head on. 

  
The high winds are causing havoc with high sided vehicles! We have had to re-schedule returning our hire bull… Travelling with livestock should always be treated with caution, especially in difficult driving conditions. 

Whilst carrying out a perimeter check of the estate I manage, I was surprised to see Hawthorn coming into leaf and violets breaking ground.

  
 It appears as though the tales of old are indeed true! And Gardeners like Farmers do love to talk about the weather. 

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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