Spring has arrived (in the UK)!

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John

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Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« on: January 04, 2012, 08:42:56 PM »
Yes, today I arrived at work which is to the south of London to find Crocus sieberi and Crocus tommasinianus in flower. Also many other plants starting. Hamamelis, Forsythia etc. Some snowdrops have been out for a while indeed some Galanthus elwesii are over now but more out though straight G. nivalis hasn't started yet.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2012, 09:05:07 AM by Alisdair »
John
Horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder; MGS member and RHS committee member. I garden at home in SW London and also at work in South London.

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Alisdair

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Re: Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 09:19:18 AM »
In our Sussex garden the main sign of spring is a young plant of Camellia transnokoensis, its fragrant flowers out since just before Christmas; and now Camellia cuspidata x saluenensis Cornish Snow is starting to flower too, and some plants of Helleborus tibetanus are showing fat pink buds. But all this is thoroughly un-mediterranean!
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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John

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Re: Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2012, 10:25:13 AM »
But you are an MGS UK member!
John
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Alisdair

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Re: Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 04:10:22 PM »
First flower on Crocus sieberi here in Sussex, yes UK, opened for me this morning - pictures here.
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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John

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Re: Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 11:53:11 PM »
Narcissus 'February Gold' too!
John
Horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder; MGS member and RHS committee member. I garden at home in SW London and also at work in South London.

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Re: Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2012, 10:15:19 AM »
Yesterday I noticed that Leucojum aestivum has started. Everything in for a shock tonight as frosts are predicted. It has been so mild.
John
Horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder; MGS member and RHS committee member. I garden at home in SW London and also at work in South London.

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Re: Spring has arrived (in the UK)!
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 11:36:34 PM »
At last we are having proper frosts which will be quite a shock to many plants which are in growth now. Only 2 days ago our Prunus subhirtella autumnalis was not only covered in flowers but bumble bees and parakeets.
John
Horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder; MGS member and RHS committee member. I garden at home in SW London and also at work in South London.