Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Global Warming Strikes Terror in Middle England....

Although it may at first glance still appear wintery, spring has started early.
Already the daffodils are poking up. They were early last year but this time they are even more eager.
There's blossom on the trees...
...and not just some half hearted attempt, but masses.
Even the Yew's having a go at flowering/ budding...whatever Yews do (their sex life is none of my business).
The Iris are often one of the first up but not this soon.
The Camellia shouldn't be flowering for a few weeks yet.
12 degrees on a dull day and when the sun comes out it's positively barmy.
This is all due to that terrible global warming. Short mild winters, early springs, birds nesting in February. Bring it on!.....

14 comments:

photowannabe said...

Amen brother...Spring in all its glory...I can't wait either. Great shots of the beautiful flowers.

Lesley said...

Look at that! I have been enduring the shivering cold here in the high desert, when I could have been in lovely warm England. Not fair! :-)

Cimba7200 said...

Hi.I discovered you blog site today from Foster Communications site. Excellent! I especially enjoyed your soap box derby movies and photos. It's still summer here, but if you are getting an early spring, we in NZ will probably get an early winter, as our spring was a month early this time too. - Dave.

Foster Communications said...

This cold Minnesota girl is jealous.
I'm also a bit disturbed. When are people going to wake up and realize what they're doing to the environment??

Love the close up blossom shot, btw.

secret agent said...

oh yeah!
62 degrees F and SUNNY here!
but......last year this happened then freeze in April........
fked up everything

Floderten said...

Ooh flowers!! We don't have many buds or blossoms here yet; mainly, it's just mud. But I'm looking forward to seeing the first flowers poke up. Personally I love "vintergækker" but I have no idea what they're called in English, except they're part of the lily family along with daffodils...

Sharon said...

The Iris's are beautiful... Global warming is making every thing go haywire!

barkfoot said...

Photowannabe - I used to love the winter when we had snow, but now that it tends to be just grey and cold the spring is more and more welcome.
Lesley - I wouldn't get jealous just yet last year your summer was much better than ours.
Cimba7200 - I hope this doesn't mean you get an early winter, although it does sound as if you need rain to break the drought in some areas.
Foster Communications - Although the weather is definitely changing I'm still undecided to what extent humans are to blame. Britain was well known to have a Medieval 'warm period' with virtually Mediterranean climate.
Secret Agent - Yeah, we had a false start last year, beautiful spring, crap summer. Let's hope you don't have such a bad drought this time and the hay crop is more plentiful.
Floderten - I think
vintergækker are what we call Snow Drops. Quaint little white flowers that signal the ending of winter. I'm sure the Pasklilja (I'm not sure I spelt that right, where is the Danish font on this computer??) will be up soon enough and before you know it the sun will be turning you brown as a berry.

zmoose said...

Blimey, it's been like summer these last two days.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Gorgeous photos... did you take them? I would love to go to England one day... take care...

Elisa, Jarrod, Thomas & Zoe said...

Jealous, we have a billion feet of snow. I am sick of winter now!

Hoping to book my tickets today to come visit sunny old England in early April...it had better be nice!

Madwag said...

I can't wait for it!!! I love, love, love, love spring and summer.... bring it on for sure!

barkfoot said...

Elisa - Surely you can't be bored of all that snow?!
I've booked the sunshine for April...

Bonnie'n'Clyde said...

You're killing me with those flowers. It FEELS like spring here but we still have some snow to weather before it's ACTUALLY spring. Another month or so for Colorado.
I want to see the buds opening.