Daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones…the rest tossed and reeled and danced…so gay ever glancing, ever changing. DOROTHY WORDSWORTH 1802 Although a gentle south westerly airstream was soon usurped by a strong north easterly the temperatures, whilst nothing exceptional, remained steady until the latter part of the month when the mercury touched the low twenties for three consecutive days. The promise of an early summer was soon dashed, however, as heavy rain arrived on the 26th and prompted a rash of flood warnings for the south east of England. Wildflowers made an appearance in the shape of smooth hawk’s beard and dandelion whilst daisies illuminated the west facing lawn.
Of those high clouds, white, golden and vermilion, The armies of her ministering spirits In mighty legions, million after million, They came, each troop emblazoning its merits On meteor flags, and many a proud pavilion Of the intertexture of the atmosphere They pitched upon the plain of the calm mere SHELLEY 1820 Despite the 2nd registering an overnight low of minus two degrees the temperatures remained just above freezing but brought an inch of lying snow to the fields. By the end of the first week with the breeze having shifted from the cold north to a milder south easterly direction, the mercury began to rise. There followed even milder temperatures with overnight lows around seven degrees but with the warmth the atmospherics brought much rain. A couple of frosts on successive mornings were the only dry moments in an otherwise soggy month. A seven-spot ladybird and a long-tailed tit were seen on the morning of the seventh.
A deep stillness in the thickest part of the wood, undisturbed except by the occasional dropping of the snow from the holly boughs. DOROTHY WORDSWORTH 1798 The very cold weather persisted from January, but whilst torrential rain brought an increase in temperatures last month, gale force westerlies accompanied the heavy rain on both the 5th and 6th. Sunny interludes with the thermometer reaching double figures, as the wind abated and veered to the south west hinted at calmer weather but a second week of heavy overnight rain was soon replaced by some hard frosts. The foggy conditions on the 15th lingered all day and on the 19th a hoar frost was more in evidence on the trees and hedgerows rather than providing a white coat purely on the dormant grass. Snow came and went as rapidly as it arrived during the latter part of February and even the sun made a rare appearance.