With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Gardening and the weather have an intimate relationship and both are have attracted a huge amount of folklore over the years. David Hall discovers if nature can be an accurate forecaster of whether it will rain or shine.
Over the years, some amateur forecasters have been remarkably accurate in their predictions, cold winters have been foreseen and hot summers anticipated.
While professional meteorologists use scientific instruments to plot trends and identify patterns, amateurs rely on quaint observations such as whether migrating birds arrive early or late, the amount of berries on the trees or if the cows in a field are standing or sitting.
These methods may seem implausible but fireside forecasters' intuition can now be backed up by very affordable weather recording instruments.
The most notable is probably the Weathereye Electronic Weather Station. It relays a raft of information from outside for the enthusiast to digest in his or her armchair. On the console you will have wind direction and speed, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, humidity and temperature.
You can track weather as it happens with the included software, and then analyse all the results and recorded information on your computer.
For the gardener there is are a series of alarms including low temperature and high winds, so that you know when plants or structures need to be protected.
The Dual Faced Clock and Thermometer is weatherproof with an attractive case. The clock has a quartz movement and on the opposite face there's a thermometer. It is easily fixed against a wall and rotates on a bracket.
If you favour nature over science, these instruments may augment your intuition and just maybe the findings will back up your predictions.
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