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New year growth starting early

BenDoverBenDover Posts: 480
Did a bit of tidying up today as it had finally stopped raining enough for me to get in and clear the beds. Noticed that a summer flowering clematis has already started to sprout new growth, my Japanese irises are starting to throw up green shoots, and a perennial antirrhinum was in flower!! In the front garden, Bowles Mauve hasn't stopped flowering, and the gazanias are still hanging in there, although flowers are getting smaller and smaller! Understand its around 8C-10C above average for this time of year. Maybe it will be a colder January, although long range forecast looks like more of the same until middle of next month at least.


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Average temperature for this time of year are around 5-7 C-so unless Tim you are experiencing a heatwave your 8-10 C above that is way outimage

    Long range weather forecasts-are not to be taken seriously-I was told on this forum not long ago that we were in the the coldest winter for 100 years-remember thatimage

    Everything evens out in the end-drought anyone ??-we are bound to get another winter blast soon-but who knows when-then any advanced growth will soon come to a halt.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I have primulas in flower, too, and plenty of bulbs showing. But at the local hospital today, I spotted a cherry blossom in full, glorious, bloom...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    I found 2 aconites out today. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,702

    It's been quite mild recently in Dordogne too, but we had some severe frosts in autumn so nothing that flowered earlier is still in flower. Sounds milder in England. Bulbs just starting to show here and one Christmas rose is out.

    I think Tim meant to put a comma after his 8C-10C.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    You are probably rightimage

  • I have got all spring bulbs appearing, narcissus, snowdrops and even bluebells are coming up? Does anyone think this is normal? My thought is that they are coming up a bit early?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    It's early but when we get a cold spell it will all slow down. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    I have been gardening for 40+ years-and without fail there will be reports of something flowering early and asking if it is unusual

    And without fail, a cold snap hits and it all comes to a stopimage

    Watch this spaceimage


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