While temperatures in the UK were well above average from mid December 2012 through early January 2013, temperatures were slightly warmer during this same period one year ago and such early blooms were not reported.
This Year: Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Last Year: Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Although unseasonable warmth is often associated with early blossoms, it is the seasonal change in day length that determines when the flowering process can commence, a mechanism known as photoperiodism. UK's long-day vegetation should flower only when day length (more specifically, length of night) meets their critical photoperiod, which usually begins no earlier than late February.
For complete blossoming to appear on trees and shrubs within days of the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere proves that a significant variance in the duration of normal night time darkness is occurring. This variance can only be explained by the Earth wobble, per the Zetas.
"The Earth wobble takes the form of a Figure 8, when seen from above the N Pole. This forces Europe to tilt toward the northwest when the Sun is over Europe, to be followed by a swing of N America to the northeast as the Sun moves overhead there." ZetaTalk
"The magnetic N Pole of Earth is now positioned over eastern Siberia, which is bitterly cold while Norway and Sweden, just as far north, are warm. The magnetic N Pole of Earth receives less sunlight, and as the globe then leans to the right the northeastern part of N America likewise is cold. The lean to the left, next in the Figure 8 wobble, gives Europe more sunlight while the magnetic N Pole is on the far side of the globe, as does the bounce back from the Polar Push which gives Alaska its warm temps." ZetaTalk
Keen gardener Jane Pagano, of Portishead, was surprised after seeing her witch hazel tree blossom in December – several weeks earlier than expected. And this is the first time she can remember it ever flowering in December.
Also out in flower at her garden at Denny View was her yellow-flowered mahonia plant, which she also expected to burst into colour in late January or February.
The tubs and baskets filled with pansies, violas, polyanthus and even poppies have also started to bloom around the town.
"We would not expect the tubs and baskets around the town to start blossoming yet - more like in mid February - but they have got going already."
Blossom usually appears in March and is a sign that spring is on its way, but visitors to Cambridge were able to enjoy the beautiful spectacle in the first week of January.
Camellia in January?
Keen gardener Sheila, from Knightsway in Newent has a Nobilissima Camellia in full flower with about 50 blooms and as many buds.
The display is usually only seen in February at the earliest, but the mild conditions have brought it out early.
Mrs Smith said: "It is out in full bloom, I can't really believe it. It is about eight foot tall. I bought it about 20 years ago, it was just a little thing then.
"It has never flowered this early before, I was a bit shocked to be honest. It started showing signs that it might flower early just before Christmas."
Other early blossoms in the UK: