When we came back to Austria, we were surprised to find how little our plants in the greenhouse had grown. Even the beans in the garden were a little brown around the edges. Cold and wet, and so it has continued. As I write on May 31st, our part of Europe is lying under a big swirl of wet, dripping cold rain and snow. We had one day where we frantically weeded and grass cut, then it hit. One day of semi dry, but now it’s been raining solidly for 48 hours and there is no forecast let up until after the weekend. The hills are once again snow covered and the news has already reported landslides and earthslides. The Mur hasn’t risen greatly yet as the rain has been of drizzle intensity. I’d seen some cows going up the hills in the trailers, I hope they have some shelter. The Cuckoo arrived yesterday, along with the swallows, they were a good two weeks later than last year, and not as many maybe they pressed on through this yuck. We’ve even kept the fire lit in the evenings, having run out of wood, we’re on woodpulp logs.
However, when we looked at the photos of last year, things are roughly the same with peas and beans, but the courgettes were way ahead last year, and we have all the geraniums still in the greenhouse. I’m comforted that the UK has had a late spring too!!!!