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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.
I have gazanias still in flower too. Loads of things emerging....hellebores, daffs, primroses in flower, wallflowers and stocks starting to open up, etc. I still have some summer bedding plants in flower too. usually perennials survive well down here but now,I'm beginning to worry that with all this rain they may rot over the winter. Another wet day...although its dried up a bit at mo.....but very mild.

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 out

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 that

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 W

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...


I found 2 aconites out today. 



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.


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?


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


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 stop

Watch this space


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