Oops, best bring all the tomatoes etc back in out of the GH, no idea where I'll put them??
What's this? (Sigh...)
Put out my test batch of morning glory this morning...
Oh no! I thought it had been too good to be true so far this spring.
Don't panic. This happens every year - a dark warning about freezing temperatures at the start of May. Often isn't nearly as bad as they say it will be, but they are covering themselves just in case. Keep an eye on the forecasts on a day to day basis - they really aren't that accurate so far in advance - yes it will probably get colder, but by how much is impossible to predict this far in advance. Our local forecast for the end of the week has the minimum temp as between 1 degree and 7 degrees - in other words, they really don't know yet. The range is even bigger in the days following. The weather-people are aware of how important the threat of frost is at this time of year, and tend, on the whole, to err on the side of caution, lest they get blamed when gardeners are caught out. I think the best thing is to know what it is you would do if the forecast said 'definite frost tonight', ie. be prepared, but also be aware that it might never materialize. The only thing you can know for sure, is that you will never know for sure. We are in the 'third week of May' zone, but there was a frost in June one year.
Right, well my dahlias survived the frosts the other week, so quite frankly my young plants are going to have to just man up...
Other plants have took their place inside now- my new blue penstemons for one!
Met Office forecast for the UK from next Friday:
Much colder than recent weeks to start with, with a risk of widespread and locally sharp overnight frosts, particularly on Friday night. Also a risk of a few wintry showers, chiefly to high ground in the northeast. Then a fine, largely dry interlude with winds easing for most places over the weekend, before more unsettled weather arrives into the northwest for the new working week. This is expected to gradually move southeastwards, though its progress remains uncertain, with southern areas staying dry for much of the week. As such, the frost risk should gradually reduce from the north as the week progresses. Thereafter, most likely a more unsettled look, particularly for western and northern areas, with near average temperatures, but a risk of colder interludes affecting the north at times.
Conditions are most probable to be fairly typical for the time of year with no strong signal for any particular weather type to dominate throughout the period. There are likely to be periods of fine and dry weather, interspersed with more unsettled spells with some rain or showers. By day temperatures are most likely to be near average, which at this time of year would leave conditions feeling pleasant in sunshine when winds are light.
I have known it to snow in May.
I'm staying in bed until I can wear my shorts & flip flops.
I'd be in bed forever then KEF, I very rarely get my shorts on and never in public, only in the garden LOL