First signs of Spring

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First signs of Spring

Post by Rizzo » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:02 pm

Just noticed snowdrops out in my garden, a week earlier than last year. Have you noticed unusually early signs of Spring? Do you think we'll have a milder blustery and wet winter rather than lots of snow & ice?
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Pam.B » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:15 pm

Haven't noticed anything yet. The snow can stay away though :)

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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by BJ. » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:34 pm

We had our first snowdrops through a fortnight ago.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Kinoulton » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:15 pm

Very blustery and mild up here.

And our robins are as fat as Christmas puds.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by BJ. » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:44 pm

Kinoulton wrote:And our robins are as fat as Christmas puds.
You daft bugga! Them's turkeys!
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Kinoulton » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:01 am

They should be going cheap then.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by cornish tigress » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:19 am

:smt003 I had a daffodil on Dec31st.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Kinoulton » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:48 pm

I'm not sure what this has got to do with anything, but the Northern Lights were visible from Flamborough Head last night.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Rizzo » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:52 pm

Kinoulton wrote:I'm not sure what this has got to do with anything, but the Northern Lights were visible from Flamborough Head last night.

Not really Spring-affected, caused by remains of a solar flare

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16154826?f=rss

This link is quite fascinating to watch - live pictures from Sweden taken at intervals.

http://www.auroraskystation.com/live-camera/9/
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by tigerburnie » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:28 pm

Kinoulton wrote:I'm not sure what this has got to do with anything, but the Northern Lights were visible from Flamborough Head last night.
We've had them tonight,there's a lot of solar activity at the moment.(Even though they're not really spring like,but the glow did reflect off my snow drops a bit)
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Kinoulton » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:36 am

The man came round to read our water metre this morning and in some quiet recess of the garden found some bulbs up and sprouting and ready to flower.

Not sure what they are yet.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by jgriffin » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:25 pm

All my trees are in bud - the willow at least three weeks early. All our local birds are puddings. Also interesting that we have had lots of geese (all sorts) overwinter - go back ten years or more, very few if any; go back 30 years, none.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Kinoulton » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:22 am

Snowdrops have come out here at last.

My own flowers seemed to enjoy a false spring and were making a very colourful display until the heavy snow and and about 96 hours of constant sub zero temperatures did for nearly all of them.

Despite their name, the pansies seem to be the one species which toughed it out and are still going strong.
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by Ze Stade Fan » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:09 am

I read in Le Monde yesterday that, although we are technically in winter, England, especially the South East, was experiencing its worst drought since 1976. Any signs of that in your parts?
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Re: First signs of Spring

Post by BJ. » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:44 pm

Ze Stade Fan wrote:I read in Le Monde yesterday that, although we are technically in winter, England, especially the South East, was experiencing its worst drought since 1976. Any signs of that in your parts?
Not in deepest Derbyshire. We had plenty of rain here last night - in fact, we were forced to stay at the pub for two more :drinkers: until it stopped.
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