The great British weather!

It’s often said that the British are obsessed with the weather but that’s not really surprising given that we’re a nation of gardeners.

Just about everything we do in the garden is dictated by it and for most of us it’s rarely ever ideal being too cold, dry, hot, wet or windy! Many say that the forecasters hardly ever get it right but beyond a few hours it is inevitably difficult to forecast accurately. I look at the Met Office – local weather forecast.


The Great British Weather is a new four-part live interactive series starting on BBC1 Wednesday at 7.30pm.

There are lots of poems about the weather of which I like this one –

Whether the weather

Whether the weather be fine,

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold,

Or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather,

Whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not!

The author is unknown but I feel sure that whoever did write it was a gardener writing about the great British weather!

Happy gardening…weather permitting!

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18 Responses to The great British weather!

  1. Harry says:

    Hi, Flighty…..someone also said that we do not have a climate, only weather!

    Pleased to say that in the west of Scotland we are enjoying some wonderful weather just now….and I say ‘just now’ advisedly!

  2. When spiders weave webs by noon
    Fine weather is going to follow soon
    When dew is on the grass
    Rain will never come to pass
    Frogs will call before the rain
    But in the sun are quiet again

  3. Laydilejur says:

    Lovely post, Flighty. We’re actually yearning for some good old British weather – it’s far too hot here at the moment. Nearly 40c – too hot to go out and too hot to stay anywhere without aircon. And the poor plants are sucking on dried earth. How about we swap you our summer for yours? šŸ™‚
    Thanks too for the programme tip!
    Jan.

    • Flighty says:

      Laydilejur thanks! I’m not surprised, and that’s way too hot for me. I’d be more than happy just to send you some of our weather!
      You’re welcome! xx

  4. Jo says:

    In one of our English lessons at school we were told that our homework was to memorise a poem. I chose a poem from a small book of poems which my mum had at home.

    You know that optomistic chap
    Who stands before the weather map.
    What he engagingly fortells
    Is scattered showers and sunny spells.

    The anti-cyclones come and go,
    The pressure may be high or low,
    But still he stnads and still he dwells
    On scattered showers and sunny spells.

    Fronts warm and cold go curving by,
    But which are wet and which are dry?
    His answer like a peal of bells
    Is “Scattered showers and sunny spells.”

    And when a cyclone hits our shores
    And loud and fierce the tempest roars,
    Above the hurricane he yells
    “It’s scattered showers and sunny spells!”
    Douglas Fraser

    I’ve now got the the little book of poems and had to look the poem up to remember it correctly, but I can still remember most of it from over thirty years ago.

  5. Louise says:

    Thanks Flighty for the programme tip-off – who could ask for more, the weather and Freddie Flintoff! I would love to learn the poem off by heart and recite it to my Dad – he would love that. I have only just remotely caught up in the garden, after all that rain we had in June! x

  6. Flighty says:

    Louise you’re welcome! I can never recite poems off by heart either.
    Well done, I’m now way behind and the plot is fast becoming a jungle. xx

  7. nikkipolani says:

    For you gardening in a plot, I’m sure the weather is an especially important topic! Here in So Cal, we’re used to not getting the rains we need so everyone has some kind of irrigation system to make it through our rainless summers.

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki I think that the fact that it’s generally so variable here makes it important! If it was the same as there then we’d certainly have to change our watering regimes. xx

  8. nikkipolani says:

    Two things I forgot to mention: LOVE that header photo of your pot marigolds — so happy! And you’d be welcome to breakfast anytime whether you helped with pruning or not šŸ™‚ Hugs.

    • Flighty says:

      Niiki thanks you wouldn’t believe how many photos I took of the pot marigolds for this new header picture! That’s niice to know, and I like the hugs! xx

  9. Mo says:

    What lovely poems, both in the post and comments šŸ™‚
    Thanks for the heads up about the Weather programme.
    I think we’re so obessesed by the weather because we have so much of it šŸ˜‰

  10. Flighty says:

    Mo thanks! It’s great when friends comment with other poems as they’ve done here.
    You’re welcome. That’s true, and we be lost without it wouldn’t we! xx

  11. Hi Flighty, you just made my morning – my Grandad (an avid grower of fruit and veg) used to tell me that rhyme when I was a child. Brought back good memories!

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