In the last week, after putting in several days' effort on some impressive leafage, our first Lady Orchid flowered on the slope just below the pig woods. And today I saw some Burnt Orchids (a personal favourite - ridiculously beautiful) outside the polytunnel, which must have come up in the last few days.
Not quite as scientifically precise as scientists might want, but maybe they just need to get out of the lab more.
Weather-wise (bearing in mind we'll be open this time next year) this week has been mainly: Coldish mornings then baking hot every day, up to around 35C. This is Definitely Not Normal, unless it is, in which case next week's forecasted lower temperatures with a couple of showers may or may not be abnormal either.
I just can't do this science stuff.