03 Oct '11, 7pm

U.K. plants think it’s spring again

U.K. plants think it’s spring again

Anyone who was sighing "Oh, to be in England, now that spring is here" back in April get another shot now. The weather has been so unseasonably warm that flowers are starting a second blooming season . Robert Browning would be psyched. The U.K. has been having some wackadoodle weather for a while now. First there was a drought, then an August cold snap that had autumn leaves showing up early, and now a second spring that's flummoxing the royal gardeners: "It is a very unsual year...I've been gardening for 30 years and have never seen anything like this," said [Royal Botanic Garden] Wakehurst Place's head Andy Jackson. "We are increasingly seeing that plants are not synchronised with what the weather is doing," he added. This is weather, not climate, so its relation to global warming patterns isn't clear. BBC meteorologist Liam Dutton puts this particular warm spell down to...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-10-03-u.k.-plants-think-it...

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