Until yesterday, the weather had been unseasonably mild, and many plants seem to be confused as a result. The rhubarb is pushing up new arms and legs through the blanket of compost. I have wallflowers blooming, and strawberry plants and late peas also in flower. One of the chestnuts I sowed as nuts only a few weeks ago has produced a shoot, which I wasn't expecting before next March. The marigolds are stubbornly refusing to give in, and even the blueberry bush has one single, beautiful white blossom.
I wonder is this a bad thing - will these plants be badly hit when the frost inevitably turns up? Will they have exhausted themselves by flowering now, and be unable to survive the winter as a result?