Mild winter sees strawberries springing early in Heckington

Jean Sleath of Heckington with her 'winter' strawberry. EMN-160701-150625001
Jean Sleath of Heckington with her 'winter' strawberry. EMN-160701-150625001

The incredibly mild winter so far has already produced reports of confused daffodils and other spring flowers around the country, but now a Heckington gardener is bearing the fruits of her labours - five months too soon!

Jean Sleath, of Wellington Close, contacted us when she stepped out of her kitchen door to pluck some leaves from her raised planters.

She said: “I went out to cut some spinach for my lunch and there they were, strawberries growing from the plants I only put in for this coming year.

“There are three or four, some quite big and others just starting. Others are rotting because of the wet weather. I don’t think you could eat them as they are all still quite pale.

“I saw they had cherry blossom on trees in Sheffield, but this is so strange.”

Mrs Sleath didn’t reckon she would need to get any cream in yet!