The UK has a very temperate climate. It rarely gets above 32C (90F) or below
-5C (23F). There is usually plenty of rain, although in recent years there
seems to have been less than usual. The snow in the photo above is quite
unusual for us. During the winter of 2005/2006, there was no snow at all
that lay on the ground in our region of central/southern England.
In spite of the lack of really hot summers or icy cold winters, the seasons are quite distinct. Spring is the prettiest, with wild flowers emerging after the winter and the fresh green buds appearing on the trees. Summer is usually lush, green and pleasant, but all too short. Autumn can be a riot of colour with the leaves changing on the trees and lots of colourful berries for the birds. Winter is cold and dark brightened on occasions with thick frosts and clear blue skies.
In our English Country Garden we have planted shrubs to brighten up the dull periods and hopefully have something in bloom during every month of the year. Click on the links below to see how it changes with the seasons.