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Mon 30th April 2012 07:40 by Mary Smith
Alexanders and our local rainfall
Yes, Graham, having checked in Ellis and Ellis (which is reckoned to be the authority on tiny fungi) it seems that your sample was indeed Puccinia smyrnii. And E&E confirm that very few fungi live on Alexanders, but this one is very common.

The weather here in Upminster is quite extraordinary. January was fairly normal. But February fill-dyke didn't, March was even drier. We had some very warm weather in March: it felt to us like July for much of it.  Then very cold, with hail, for a few days, and it has hardly stopped raining since. Using the data from our wonderful Upminster weather website, our rainfall figs are: Jan, 55mm; Feb, 18.3mm; March, 15.8mm, and now April, 106.4mm. The first three months add up to 88.1mm, so April has had substantially more rain than all the first 3 months added together! Bluebells are totally confused and many have not flowered after an attempt far too early that was killed off, and all sorts of strange things. This is what the pundits said about global heating: that we would get much more disturbed weather, with things happening at the wrong seasons, and more extreme weather generally. The media have been saying this is the wettest drought ever!  Because, of course, this is the wrong sort of rain! But it is no good moaning, we all have to just do what we can!

But today is forecast to be sunny pretty well all day, so let's make the most of it!



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