Will spring and summer 2018 be a cold rainy washout?

MountainrangerMountainranger Posts: 37
edited April 2018 in The potting shed
It’s not looking good so far. From snow in March and April which has generally been a cold wet month. The jet stream is in the wrong place it’s too far south and we remember the last time that happened, 2012 the worst summer on record none stop rain from April to November. Problem is the jet stream can get stuck over the Channel when it should be somewhere between Iceland and the Faroe Islands meaning Britain gets the weather they should get around Iceland.

That means it’s not looking good for gardening. I often spend over £50 on summer bedding and container plants but there just doesn’t seem much point if it’s going to be a cold wet miserable summer and people are just not in the mood for gardening or walking around looking at peoples front gardens.

What does anyone else do when there is no summer? 
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,088
    Don't spend your money on one season only bedding plants, get some tough perennials that will do their thing whatever the weather. 
    It's a bit early to be talking about rainy washouts. Summer (and winter) predictions are wrong more often than right
    Cheer up, you need a positive attitude for gardening and you need to adapt, the weather will be what the weather is so you need to change what you're doing if it doesn't work
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,194
    edited April 2018
    Here in the Peak District summer is often late and/or short. The sort of blink and you missed it kind of summer. Last year, “summer” was one week in April. Even though there was a blizzard going on outside on this day last year.

    We just put on warm clothes, hats, boots and do what other people do in their gardens in summer. Dig, hoe, water (sometimes) and stare at things.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,783
    pansyface said:

    Dig, hoe, water (sometimes) and stare at things.

    Just willing things to grow, huh?  It made me laugh when you mentioned that.. cause I think it's something we all do without realizing.  I'm out there every day looking at my garden plants, looking for signs of growth/pests/blooms/fruit, etc.  Staring at things.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Last week when we had the mini-heatwave here (25 degrees and clear blue sky) I passed a lady walking her dog on the way to the allotment. "Isn't it beautiful today" I cheerfully said, "I hate it," she replied "it's too hot and a warm April means a miserable May".
    It is what you make of it.
    “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,194
    Makes you feel sorry for the dog, doesn’t it..?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,660
    edited April 2018
    Last week when we had the mini-heatwave here (25 degrees and clear blue sky) I passed a lady walking her dog on the way to the allotment. "Isn't it beautiful today" I cheerfully said, "I hate it," she replied "it's too hot and a warm April means a miserable May".
    It is what you make of it.
    You should have replied " Can you provide statistical data to prove that comment or are you just being a miserable cow?"
    Devon.
  • pansyface said:
    Makes you feel sorry for the dog, doesn’t it..?
    <snigger emoji> In fairness I see her most days and she is nice, so I think she was just feeling a little down that day - but it shows there's a weather saying for any event. The dog does do its business on command though.

    To be honest I don't remember 2012 being that bad. I remember Wiggo winning the Tour de France, the Olympics of course and England getting knocked out of a football competition on penalties (though that could be any year). I did watch the Royal flotilla going down the Thames on a particularly grey day and re-confirming my commitment to never become a sailor.
    “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,194
    The dog does do its business on command though.
    Bet her husband does too.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Manc_Debi.Manc_Debi. Davenport, Stockport.Posts: 82
    PF, still laughing at the husband bit.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,882
    edited April 2018
    Accuweather long range forecasts look like they are predicting a washout. Jet stream in the wrong place. Less watering to do. Yeay!
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