Today I noticed a primrose flowering. A Hebe has flowers. The rhubarb has healthy young leaves 6" tall. And the temperature is at last falling. Odd times.
There'll be something else ready to flower in spring
I have some narcissi now but all the February Gold, Jetfire and the rest are still in their usual state for this time of year.
All these seasonal variations add to the excitement of growing things don't they?
Except for the worry about the Chinese curse - May you live in interesting times - in other words lots of challenges and disruptions.
My daffs and primula are behaving normally but I have geranium macrorhizum in flower which is far too early and the hamamellis has already finished. We've had to bung a bucketloads of compost on the precocious rhubarb shoots and my blueberries are showing fresh buds opening.
One clem on the north wall has new shoots over 3' long. That's a signal to go and trim and feed all of them now which is 2 months earlier than normal.
All my spring bulbs are growing some are now getting ready to bloom and the roses are sprouting new shoots. Just in time for the cold snap! Is there anything that can be done to protect them, slow down the blooming? will there be anything left when spring really arrives?
The ornamental apple trees bloomed before Christmas in our neighbourhood, I have a picture of one with the last of the autumn leaves still attached and blossoms in full glory.
What should we be doing right now in the garden ?
I have had to hard prune all my clematis as they had put on so much growth there would be nothing for the summer.My Mum did hers and it had buds!
I have had ostespermum and begonias flowering all the way from last summer.Usually discard in the autumn but they are still doing a great job
I was surprised to see that a Knautia macedonica that I had cut back has about 6 flowers on it, 2 of which are open. I don't know how long they will survive as they say it's going colder next week. We've haven't really had any frost to speak of yet.
KatiG - I wouldn't do anything in the garden - the bulbs will adjust as and when weather changes. I don't grow roses, but I would expect you would prune/feed at the usual times.
The weather in general has been milder and plants have altered accordingly - it's just the way it sometimes is. Enjoy the changes and any flowers as they appear!