November showers bring December flowers


Spring in Wales… in November?

As daffodil and snowdrop shoots pop up in gardens across parts of Wales, hedgerows are blossoming with other flowers, including hedge parsley, hogweed, foxgloves and geraniums in full flower.

The birds are singing as if it were springtime, hibernatory animals, including bats and hedgehogs, have not yet been persuaded to go underground for winter, and frogs and newts are still active.

Welcome to global warming. I have to admit, the prospect of missing winter altogether does have a certain appeal.

Full article:

Spring is here – four months too early

Nov 27 2004
Paul Carey, Western Mail

THE first signs of spring, when flowers begin to bloom, is one of the most endearing sights of the year – but not when it happens four months early.

Nature watchers are struggling to figure out why spring appears to have sprung again before the onset of winter.

As daffodil and snowdrop shoots pop up in gardens across parts of Wales, hedgerows are blossoming with other flowers, including hedge parsley, hogweed, foxgloves and geraniums in full flower.

The birds are singing as if it were springtime, hibernatory animals, including bats and hedgehogs, have not yet been persuaded to go underground for winter, and frogs and newts are still active.

Wasps, which were particularly prevalent in late summer, are still around and it is almost December. So what’s going on?

Experts believe the shift in seasonal trends could be a sign of early spring phenomena related to the effects of global warning.

November temperatures have been milder than the average of 11C – it was 15C in Cardiff yesterday – despite the occasional snow flurry and frost.

CCW warden and senior reserve manager, based in Bangor, Duncan Brown, said, “What we are seeing is an early spring, I’ve no reason to doubt that.

“However it could be argued that they are the signs of a late autumn because it is hard to tell if animals are appearing out of hibernation on warmer days.

“I’ve heard from someone who saw daffodils and snowdrops growing two weeks ago and I have just seen a foxglove in flower.

“Flowers have lots of different responses to changes in climate.”