Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 42

life - COUNTRYSIDE & FARMING Springing into Action with a Splash of Colour As we emerge from the grey depths of winter our landscape becomes alive with little spurts of colour seducing us to look forward to longer and warmer days. Tony Ridd tells us what we can expect over the next couple of months… The Island benefits from a warmer climate to the rest of Britain, and because of this we see flowers blooming before their due date and very often long after. Although wet, we have so far had a very mild winter and many of the flowers around have continued to show off their colours. Traditionally hedgerows and woodlands are the first to come alive. They are protected from cold winds and frosty mornings and so the soil underneath tends to warm up more quickly. Even in the coldest of winters, with snow on the ground Snowdrops will 42 Island Life - www.isleofwight.net