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Friday, 13 January 2012

Spring is blooming …in January!

I was sweeping up the last of the autumn leaves from our London garden, when a flash of deep pink caught my eye. It was the first flower on a camellia bush – the earliest ever. Usually the buds break open some time in February, heralding an end to winter gloom, but January 12?  I was amazed.

I came in to discover the Guardian reporting an incredible range of early spring sightings across the UK : “ insects, birds and animals blooming, singing, nesting, mating, or simply being awake when they shouldn’t be.” After last winter’s cold and snow, the mildness of the winter so far has been a relief, but it seems to have left the natural world rather confused.

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