It is looking like an early spring here at Hedgeplants.com. While a lot of people will deny that global warming is happening and an equal number will say that it is, all that we will say is that we have again had a mild winter. We have had the occasional frost but nothing worse than minus 4 centigrade on the nursery. The amount of rain we have had is a lot more than in previous years and our local river has been in flood more this year than for the last few years.
As you walk out on to the Hedgeplants.com nursery it seems that nature has decided that winter is over and that early spring has arrived. The local birds are already fighting for territory and the early flowering plants are already coming in to leaf and flower. This is most apparent on the Mixed Native Hedging where the Sloe and Cherry Plum in mix 2 are in flower and the Hazel in Mix 1 has lovely catkins on it.
As we look further round there is the start of a green haze on the straight Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) troughs as the lower buds are starting to break and nice fresh new leaves are appearing.
Even the evergreen hedges which normally show signs of starting to come into leaf after the deciduous plants have got the start of new growth coming and this is most apparent on the brilliant Photinia Red Robin with its striking bright red new growth.
The most exciting thing we can see on the nursery at the moment and a very good sign that Spring is imminent is that the Ornamental Pears (Pyrus Chanticleer) screening panels are nearly fully out in leaf and when their lovely creamy flowers are out, we know that spring is really here.
For all these lovely signs of an early spring at Hedgeplants.com we still have to remember that we are only in the middle of February and that around the nursery everyone realises that until the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race has happened we are not fully safe from the worst that winter can throw at us.