Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

On this blustery, rainy day.

This is a Lampranthus, a sun-loving succulent plant. Very unusual for it to be flowering in November. I know it looks like it's a houseplant. Well it is now, but a couple of days ago, it was still outside in a hanging basket. I potted it up and brought it indoors, because it wasn't getting enough sunlight to open up its flower buds. As you can see, now that it's on a sunny windowsill, it's in full bloom. I will keep it indoors now until next spring. It won't go outside again until all danger of frost has passed. That's a long time then.

Nearly at the end of November, and the weather is still quite mild. In fact, many predict it could turn out to be the mildest November on record. So what, you may say. Well the current warmest November on record was in 1994. And the winter that followed ?  Well, would you believe that the winter of 1994/5 was the wettest winter on record. I think you can see where I'm coming from with this. Time will tell.

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