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Holidays in Suffolk
Unexpectedly good weather down on the Suffolk coast where many trees are still in leaf.

As usual we have just had a late holiday.  We chose to holiday in Suffolk because I had to attend two business meetings near bury St Edmunds and so we decided to stay on in the area for a holiday - an area we had only passed through in the past.  We found a fantastic cottage right on a shingle beach in an SSI area.  It was amazing to see how many different plants can grow so close to the sea and how quickly the habitat changes. Crambe grows in profusion.  There were lots of dried stems lying around with seedheads on.  We collected some to bring back.  There were also Sea Asters growing nearby.

Just a short distance further back where the grass was growing more freely there were various fungi growing.  Many plants as you would expect grow close to the ground.  Silene maritima was also growing happily.  Leaves of a variety of Achillea could also be seen.  It was interesting to notice that leaves were still on most of the oak and birch trees.  We realised that by the time they actually fall off these trees are not going to be without leaf for many weeks unlike their relatives further north.

On Thursday evening we became aware of how different the weather had been back in Cumbria when we watched the reports of the dreadful flooding.  Luckily the only damage in the nursery was a leak through the shed roof which damaged the telephones.  The nursery is situated on a slope and so the water runs through the site rather than stopping.  In Suffolk we only had a shower that lasted about 20 minutes whereas back in Cumbria the ground is so waterlogged that most people cannot attempt to do anything in their gardens at present.  As we grow our plants naturally, it made us realise even more than before why many of the Flower Show exhibitors do not have the same problems as we do to get plants in flower at the right time for a show.  This summer, in particular, we had so many grey days when consequently the light levels were so low that flowerbuds refused to open.  Is this a result of global warming?  I don't know, but as usual the weather certainly keeps us on our toes. 

Posted: 24/11/2009 15:58:01 by Catherine Sanderson
Filed under: Suffolk, Achillea