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Sorry it’s late - you can tell February is a bit of an “iffy” month, in that you never know how it will go - awful or okay.

We seem to have had a bit of both. Awful in the way of storms, which are now glorified by naming them. Why? It’s a storm not a person!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are enjoying, if that's the right phrase, mild dull windless weather in South Devon, but according to the forecast not for much longer. I hope we don't have another cold spell later on in the winter when the plants are starting to grow.

We needed some rain and now we have had it in abundance, plants on the outside beds that were suffering from drought are now waterlogged!  More damaging than the rain were the gales, having managed to re-cover three tunnels in the autumn we lost half of our large twin span tunnel to the latest storm. With winter now with us there is little chance of repairing it until the spring.

It really feels winter approaches now that the clocks have changed, along with weather. The rain I think must be needed, to replace the ground water, after such a long hot summer.

The autumn colour is lovely around the nursery, it glows. A very good year I think.

Once again the main talking point on the nursery has been the weather, with something of everything. We have had some wild wet and windy days, some glorious warm Indian summer days and even the first frost of the autumn.

After a glorious summer, we are now having a good start to a more autumnal season.

The borders are still full of the flowering herbaceous. Salvias, Crocosmia, Rudbeckia and Anemone are all looking good.

The very long flowering Persicaria amplexicaulis and Knautia macedonica have been flowering for months - both are favourites with bees, hoverflies and many other insects.

After the prolonged dry spell we are now having some much needed rain. The lawns are very dried up and yellow, but they seem to bounce back quickly once the rain soaks in. Many garden plants from warmer parts of the world have done very well, like the Salvia family. We have more plants going onto the website that have just become available.

Fantastic growing conditions - perfect with warm weather and some rain, can almost see the plants grow.

At last some better weather forecast, so should be a good early May bank holiday weekend. There are lots of lovely plants available to create those stunning containers for summer displays. How about the summer long flowering shrubby Salvias - just right for a sunny spot.

So much for the balmy South Hams, the temperature is minus 2 and a blizzard has been raging for several hours! Today is supposed to be the first day of spring, but I'm not sure our plants believe it.

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