What are these signs? Is it the number of berries?
Plants and animals react to what has been, not what will be. All the 'signs' are in our heads
Nor in my garden oldchippy. I never have that many, wrong proportion of males and females perhaps, but this year is worse than usual.
Its actually a 'Mast' year. This happens due to the weather conditions and natural cycles in plants and trees. They produce more berries and fruit/nuts, than they need to. Its a natural cycle which is not an indicator of what is to come.
Its natures way to regenerate the population.
Nobody told my holly. Perhaps it's not a Mast year for holly. Hawthorn and berberis are good. and the squirrel is spending a lot of time up and down one oak in particular
Oh, I've seen some brilliant berried holly this year - it always makes my heart sing to see berried holly
i cut my peonys back yesterday and i found sticking out of the ground almost 1 centermeter new shoots. hope they will be ok this winter.
Pyracanthas, malus, cotoneatsters, hazel.... all heaving with fruit in my garden this year. The birds seem to have stayed in the countryside to feed for now so there is lots for them when they do decide to return. Even my feeders are being ignored.
My Holly is really rocking it this year! Not one raspberry though!?