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How Has The Recent Cold Affected Early Spring Growth?


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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

Thought I'd start this thread as I am interested in hearing peoples views and observations on how the recent cold has affected the early spring growth that occured in January.

Here it hasn't been very noticeable as we had no daffs etc in bloom early in January. However, I suspect for those in the south it will have had a much more marked affect.

Overall compared to the last three years everything is still in a very advanced spring state - I'm expecting very early spring blossom this year.

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

This week I noticed many flowering and budding daffodils fully bent over as a result of the harsh frosts.

In our garden the many crocusses have suffered badly, however now the snow has thawed I can see that growth of tulip and daffodil leaves doesn't

seem to have been affected.

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  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Weather Preferences: Thunderstorms and heat, North Sea snow
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

The NE blooms very late anyway so I haven't really noticed anything due to the cold spell.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

the snowdrops are now re appearing from the snow and appear to have no flowers on, they had before the snow and frost

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.

Same as JH here.

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  • Location: Newbury, Berkshire. 107m ASL.
  • Weather Preferences: Summer:sunny, some Thunder,Winter:cold & snowy spells,Other:transitional
  • Location: Newbury, Berkshire. 107m ASL.

I'm a real anorak when it comes to this sort of thing and you can find lots of data on my blog. :rofl:

http://naturestimeline.wordpress.com/

Kind Regards

gottolovethisweather

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  • Location: Whitkirk, Leeds 86m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Anything but mild south-westeries in winter
  • Location: Whitkirk, Leeds 86m asl

Nothing here is growing at all, not even during the mild December - so I'm guessing the recent cold will not affect spring growth in anyway

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  • Location: Ashtead, nr Epsom Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Hot Summer, Cold/Snowy Winter! Just SEASONAL!!
  • Location: Ashtead, nr Epsom Surrey

I took photos of the recent snowfall over blossomed trees and crocuses :( Must admit, as happy as I was when I saw cold/snowy weather on the cards, I did really worry about how it would effect plants and wildlife....I really hope its not to their detriment.

H x

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No sign of anything yet in my garden and during the course of a milder winter the daffs are usually starting to show their shoots about now.

The frogs can't get in the pool yet to do their annual naughties - they can't get through the ice, so I would say that things are a little behind, possibly by about 3 weeks or so but things may catch up as the ground warms.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

well now the snow has cleared off the main clump of snowdrops they have come back into flower!

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  • Location: Jordanstown, Co. Antrim
  • Weather Preferences: Cold winters, warm sunny summers.
  • Location: Jordanstown, Co. Antrim

Since we didn't have any cold, growth hasn't been affected whatsoever.

Grass still needs cut but it's far to damp to do anything.,

Don't ever remember it this long in the middle of February.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

Since we didn't have any cold, growth hasn't been affected whatsoever.

Grass still needs cut but it's far to damp to do anything.,

Don't ever remember it this long in the middle of February.

never mind, think positively you will have a head start for spring flowers etc?

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  • Location: Eccles, Greater manchester.
  • Location: Eccles, Greater manchester.

This week I noticed many flowering and budding daffodils fully bent over as a result of the harsh frosts.

In our garden the many crocusses have suffered badly, however now the snow has thawed I can see that growth of tulip and daffodil leaves doesn't

seem to have been affected.

I have noticed the usual frost damage to plants you would expect but though there was early growth in spring plants they seem largly un-affected other than the halt in growth.I am no horticulturest but I have observed Daffodils ,even in flower,survive very cold weather[well below freezing.I assumed this was an adaptation [possibly].When I have observed this it has been above -10.I checked the Daffodils in previous cold spells closely and despite being seemingly frozen ,literally ,they were un-affected.
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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.

I have noticed the usual frost damage to plants you would expect but though there was early growth in spring plants they seem largly un-affected other than the halt in growth.I am no horticulturest but I have observed Daffodils ,even in flower,survive very cold weather[well below freezing.I assumed this was an adaptation [possibly].When I have observed this it has been above -10.I checked the Daffodils in previous cold spells closely and despite being seemingly frozen ,literally ,they were un-affected.

Yes, Daffodils, and Narcissi generally, contain a natural anti-freeze in their cells which prevents the cell walls being destroyed in very cold weather. I've seen Daffodils in full flower, lying completely flat after an overnight min' around -6c, resurrect themselves as if nothing had happened by the same afternoon when the temperature had risen well above freezing.

With regard to the current Spring growth; in this area it's mostly bulbs which were ahead of themselves and, apart from a few flowering Crocus which look a bit the worse for wear after being buried by snow for the last 9 days, everything else has just stopped growing and is marking time until the weather turns mild again.

There are a few plants which had continued flowering throughout the winter until the recent cold spell but which now look in a sorry state but these are not Spring growth related, more a continuation of last Autumn's growth.

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  • Location: North York Moors
  • Location: North York Moors

It quite annoys me how often people/media assume winter flowering cherries are actually the spring flowering type forced into bloom by freak warm weather.

They put out flowers through most of the of the winter, if it's mild and dry the individual blooms last longer, creating a more eye-catching display.

A tough looking plant that will have suffered is the Bergenia sometimes called 'Elephants Ears'

The (usually pink) flower stems are easily damaged by frost if they spring up too early.

This often happend at their normal flowering time in March/April

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergenia

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  • Location: Solihull, Midlands. (Formerly DRL)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, thunder, hail & heavy snow
  • Location: Solihull, Midlands. (Formerly DRL)

Noticed a bit of a slow down in the shoots of the daffodils when the cold spell laid its foot here, with some looking as though they didn't hardly grow at all (although admittedly, didn't really pay too much attention to this, so could be wrong but does looks as though some slow down happened). Also had to take some of the Fuschias we had planted in pots outside into the portable greenhouse as the leaves were rapdily going brown, which was probably due to the frost and snow.

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