March is a capricious month. The well known saying that March ‘comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’, says it all. You never quite know what you are going to get this month. But March 2013 will take some beating. We’ve had quite enough of the ‘Lion’ this March, no sign of the ‘Lamb’ yet, and the forecast for this week is for more winter weather.
Yesterday we got 5cms of new wet snow – it snowed for 4 hours of Sunday morning. The forecast was for rain and clear periods. Wrong!
We had just one reasonable day this past week, and got out and found some crocuses.
In years gone by, and the archives confirm this, we’ve had sun, warmth and colourful gardens in March. March 2012 was especially warm; we joked that it was our Summer – we weren’t too far wrong, the season called Summer wasn’t up to much at all!
So, to remind us of better years, this is what my camera has pictured around March 18 plus/minus a few days in previous years.
In 2009, by March 18 our Forsythia was in full bloom. Absolutely no sign of flower today.
In 2010, by March 18 Crocuses had been in bloom for several days.
In 2011, banks of Daffodills added colour to the landscape: this year only those on the most southerly slopes have dared to flower and now they lie battered and broken.
And in 2012, March was a glorious warm month. Tree blossom was well established by the middle of March. This year you have to hunt hard to find even Blackthorn in blossom.
We live in hope that by Easter the scene will have changed – but I’m not holding my breath.