Climate Change in my back garden

10471260_10153195359989838_2979457727521005758_n Summer has lasted forever in the UK and extended into Autumn with beautiful mild temperatures lasting to the end of October. Long days of glorious sunshine have without doubt extended the growing season  in my garden. Still enjoying a beautiful floral display with blue plumbago mixed with one of my favourite plants this summer  – the beautiful bright orange Tithonia Rotundiflora Torch

2014 has been an exceptionally good year for growing bananas plants n the UK.These wonderful big leaved plants love the constant warmth and enjoy the heavy monsoon downpours that the UK  has experienced recently. My plants enjoy a very sheltered spot outside the back door and add a wonderful tropical atmosphere all year.

unnamed Autumn 2014 is certainly a long time coming. Temperatures are just starting to lower  to 5c at night but day temperatures are still a very pleasant 15c.As a result, there are some beautiful butterflies and bees still enjoying my garden in the middle of October. White_Tailed_BBCT_3_RS_550_332 What does this mean for our gardens? A changing climate does mean that we can experiment and grow a wider range of plants  in the UK. This is a very positive experience for me but I would be interested to discover how other gardeners view these changes in our climate and increasingly weird weather patterns. Do the changing weather patterns encourage you to experiment more in your garden? What plants are you growing now that you did not consider 5 years ago? Do visit the Climate Gardens survey to record your experiences  and what interests you about this issue. Or feel free to post any thoughts or pictures about how you are growing plants in a changing climate on this blog to share with gardeners from all over the world. 390103_551055718267005_1370540286_n

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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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