It’s amazing what a bit of late sunshine can do to the garden. I think this year’s unusual weather – heavy snow at the start of the year, a sizzling April, drab summer and hot October – has confused a lot of plants in my garden. I have a Mahonia in full flower next to a skimmia in bloom – both should not flower until the winter months.

Unwanted self-sown seedlings have quickly taken over one of my borders before I could do anything about them, and early-planted winter bedding containers are sitting happily next to summer pots that should be finished by now.

It’s not just the plants that I’m having problems with in this late season heat, insects too are having a late flurry of activity. My winter and spring brassicas should now be save from caterpillar problems but I’ve seen cabbage whites flitting happily around the veg patch this week  and the first of their late clutch of eggs has already hatched. I’ve picked off as many as I can deal with by hand and finished off the control with an application of Plant Rescue bug killer for fruit and vegetables.

What problems are you experiencing in the garden during this period of late season sunshine?

  • Lesley

    Re the latest issue and Tim’s article ‘Veg Plot Wildlife’. Can anyone tell me please why the list of Goodies includes rats? Mice are bad but rats are not – I’m confused!

  • Adam

    Hello I´m Adam from Catalonia, (southern europe, next to spain)
    we’ve also had very warm weather in September and early October and also drought, and in my garden I´ve got some wild plum trees which lost their leaves in early September (it´s usual time to loose them, even though strange) and now they are starting to have some new flowers and new leaves, so they are confused.

  • Jo

    My forsythia is in bloom

  • Jo

    Forsythia in bloom

  • Carol

    Just today on my allotment I have picked severel strawberries that are right next to my brussell sprouts, mahonia in my garden flowering next to clematis in full bloom, wonder what we will get to flower next year