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As much as I welcome these gorgeous blue skies and positively balmy temperatures, the lack of water from above is likely to play even more havoc on our Mediterranean gardens. Autumn normally signifies the start of intermittent rains but that’s well and truly passed with hardly a drop. Winter arrived with some sharp declines in the thermometers especially overnight but again we has very little rain. In my line of work I use several weather programs that offer me a 14 day detailed forecast, and I’m often pleased to see the umbrella icon predicted for the following week. However, when the promised day arrives it seems there has been a quick shift in either contour, depression or anticyclone and the icon has changed to a smirking ball of sun. Of course, the tourists and ice cream sellers will rub their hands in glee but not so for the farmers, landscapers, forestry commission, fire services and even those who have boreholes. Quite simply we are drying out. Just look at the reservoirs inland to see them being replaced by cracked mud plains. So unless Mother Nature decides to weep over us, or hopefully bawl, we might be faced with some harsh new laws that will restrict our water usage which will undoubtedly affect our gardens and the plants within them. Wild fires are a great concern as the ground cover is already dry so a dry spring is not going to help. Check our article on page 27 on preparing your property for fire safety. We have only a few weeks to significantly clear our lands to help prevent fires spreading in what could be a long, hot and difficult year. However, just a 2 hour flight north takes you back into the realms of plenty of the wet stuff and for this edition we are very pleased to welcome RHS Chelsea award winning designer Manoj Malde, who has been up close and personal with some of the designers at this years prestigious garden extravaganza and their Mediterranean twists and themes. Together with our usual assorted and informative content from our lovely writers, we hope you enjoy our edition this month and let’s hope next time we speak I will have cleared the spiders from out of my wellies!
Keep up the good work!!