Flowers bloom early due to mild winter
A recent study, carried out in Cardiff, has found that many wild flowers have benefitted from the recent mild weather conditions, according to an article published by BBC News.
Carried out by the National Museum of Wales, the study has found that 63 species of flowers have already bloomed - compared to between 20 and 30 usually registered at this time of the year.
Head of vascular plants at NMW, Dr Tim Rich, commented on the findings.
He said: "Autumn frosts have not been severe enough to knock the plants back for the winter.
"Only winter helliotrope is supposed to be flowering at new year, but three spring-flowering species - hazel, primrose and lesser celandine - were flowering very early," he added.
Camellia, Forsythia and Laurustinus are other varieties of flowers that are said to have bloomed thanks to the mild weather conditions.
Terry Walton, a gardener and regular contributor to Jeremy Vines Radio 2 show, said: "Everything is confused, we really havent had a winter."
"It was a poor cool summer and its just continued right through. Now its gone into early winter and the temperatures are not changing."
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