The year dies, the shortest day approaches and the garden is a mess. At least I got some tidying up done a couple of weeks ago so there is a flower pot full of primulas in bloom. Why are they in bloom? Why was I able to pick a handful of blue berries last week? Why was my aunt still picking strawberries at the end of October in her garden? Why are the winter vegetables the red cabbage, the leeks and the spinach not thriving, yet I will be able to pick enough broad beans tomorrow to include in a rice dish?Is this global warming?