December Blossoms - Further Proof of the Wobble

Springtime flowers, shrubs and trees are blooming earlier than ever before according to many residents in the United Kingdom.

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


Witch Hazel in December?

In some parts of the country, including Cambridge, blossom has started to appear on trees – a sight normally seen in March.

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."

Cherry Blossoms in January?

Visitors to Cambridge have marveled at trees lit up with pink flowers in the historic city.

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?

SPRING has sprung for Sheila Smith, and it's only 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:

Christmas Daffodils?

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Comment by Howard on October 23, 2018 at 5:22am

Cherry Trees in Japan Blooming 6 Months Early (Oct 22) 

Cherry blossoms are blooming several seasons earlier than normal in Japan.

Blooming of the Japanese national tree is typical in the springtime. However, NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, has received 354 reports of blooming cherry blossom trees from western Japan to the northernmost part of the country, as of Oct. 14.


Comment by KM on January 27, 2016 at 1:59am

More than 600 species of British flowers in bloom on New Year's Day

Nature Studies: In a normal winter botanists would expect no more than 20 to 30 plants to have been in flower

Hawthorn has been spotted in flower at New Year, a whole five months earlier than expected Alamy

It’s unheard-of: after the warmest and wettest December on record, more than 600 species of British wildflowers were in bloom on New Year’s Day 2016, a major survey has shown.

In a normal cold winter, botanists would expect no more than 20 to 30 types of wild plants to be in flower in the British Isles at the year’s end – species such as daisy, dandelion and gorse. 

But a survey by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) has discovered that on 1 January, no fewer than 612 species were actually flowering, including some from late spring and high summer – an occurrence which seems to be without precedent, and has left plant scientists astonished. 

“It’s incredible,” said Kevin Walker, the BSBI’s Head of Science. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” 

Just like December’s astounding weather regime of record rainfall and warmth, the mass out-of-time flowering is suggestive of a substantial climatic shift. “It is what might be expected with climate change,” Dr Walker said. 

The appearance of many familiar and well-loved springtime species was a complete surprise: cowslips and cow parsley were both recorded four months early, normally appearing in April, while yellow archangel, bulbous buttercup and red campion are all expected in May. 

Red campion (Silene dioica) was unusually in bloom on New Year’s Day, 2016 (Alamy)

But most remarkable of all for Dr Walker was the discovery, in 17 locations, of hawthorn in bloom – which is known as the mayflower for its normal flowering month. 

“I’ve been monitoring these things for at least the last 20 years, and I’ve never heard of hawthorn being seen in flower at New Year,” he said. “I doubt if many botanists have ever seen it. I would be surprised if I saw hawthorn in March. What’s the world coming to?”

The BSBI survey, known as the New Year Plant Hunt, was detailed and wide ranging. It involved 500 BSBI members and other wild flower enthusiasts who spent three hours on New Year’s Day looking for species in bloom, all across Britain from the Hebrides to the Channel Islands.

Their efforts resulted in 400 lists (as some people worked in groups) containing 612 species in total; many lists had 60-70 species on them, with one recorder noting 100 species at Swanage in Dorset, while one of Britain’s leading plant scientists, Professor Mick Crawley of Imperial College, recorded no fewer than 153 species in the London area. 

Comment by Scott on January 2, 2016 at 7:06am

Europe's winter warmth puts nature in tailspin (1/1/16)

The daffodils are out in London, plum trees are blossoming in Milan and asparagus tips are pushing through the soil in eastern France.

Across Europe, unseasonably warm winter weather has left the natural world in a spin with plants, insects and animals convinced Spring must be just around the corner.

The disruption of established weather patterns has put strawberries on festive menus in France, ensured an abundance of game in Germany's woodlands and seen tomatoes ripen for an exceptional third time this year on Italian balconies.

With grass still growing in the north of Scotland well into December, the famous Royal Dornoch links put the traditional switch to winter greens on hold and kept its mowers buzzing into the final days of 2015.

...Farmers across Europe meanwhile are grappling with the hard-to-predict implications of conditions which, while boosting the production of some crops, may reduce yields of others and allow pests to thrive later in the year due to the absence of a sustained winter cold spell to kill them off.

..."It is strange to see how certain plants are already flowering crazily," said Hans-Jurgen Packheiser, a 76-year-old beekeeper from Halver in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia region.

"Some of the bees in my hives are already out and about looking for nectar. They think winter is already finished."

In the Dordogne region of southwestern France, strawberry producers were surprised to see plants that would normally have to be protected from frost from mid-November onwards continue to bear fruit right up to Christmas.

"Even my father-in-law, who has been producing strawberries since 1956, has never seen anything like it," said Patricia Rebillou, the president of the local producers' association.

...For French market gardener Jean-Louis Durrieux, the disruption of seasonal rhythms is less welcome.

"I have been doing this for 30 years and I've never seen lettuces so far advanced at this time of year. Salad leaves that we would normally harvest in mid-January were ready at the start of December."

...It has been a similar story for wild or ornamental plants.

On the French Riviera and in the Basque country straddling Spain and France, Mimosas which would normally not flower until the end of January are already in full bloom, disconcerting florists who struggle to sell them at this time of year.

...Wild Fuchsia, which normally stops flowering in the autumn on the Atlantic coast of Britain and Ireland, remains in full bloom on the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland.

Local residents Steve and Mary Bavin were half-astonished, half-delighted when their hens resumed laying on November 30. ...

In Alsace, eastern France, amateur gardener Rene Wolfhugel was able to harvest enough asparagus for his Christmas Eve dinner, fo

In Alsace, eastern France, amateur gardener Rene Wolfhugel was able to harvest enough asparagus for his Christmas Eve dinner, four months earlier than normal for a vegetable that traditionally heralds the arrival of Spring

Comment by Howard on December 12, 2015 at 7:45pm

More reports of spring blossoms occurring recently in Oregon, Connecticut and UK. 

November Blossoms in Portland Oregon (Nov 16)


Early Blossoms in Danbury Connecticut (Dec 11)


Daffodils at Anglesey Abbey Bloom 2 Months Early  (Dec 9)


Farmers are also feeling effects of the mild December, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s county chairman for Suffolk, George Gittus.

He said: “The crops grow, stop growing, grow, stop growing and it puts disease pressure on.

“Nobody knows whether we’re coming or going. It would be nice if it did either one or the other.”


Comment by Howard on December 12, 2015 at 3:58am

Early November Daffodils in Cornwall UK (Nov 24)

While much of the country prepares for snow and weather alerts have been issued across the northeast and west, daffodils are blooming in Cornwall.

Typically daffodils sprout in March or April, and signify start of spring, but this year they have appeared before the cold snap has even begun.

Michelle, 62, general manager at Clowance Estate & Country Club, said: “They flowered in the first week in November."

“I’ve never seen them this early before, usually they come out in mid-December at the earliest, so this is unheard of.

“I’ve been here 20 years and I’ve never seen them this early."


Comment by Howard on December 12, 2015 at 3:43am

Cherry Trees Blooming in Washington DC since Mid-November (Dec 10)

Here we are in mid-December and cherry blossoms are still blooming.

Our skepticism was running high back in mid-November, when some of the trees on the National Mall were blooming like it was early April.

While it’s true the Fall has been warmer than normal, it’s not record-breaking warm. There have been warmer. And the summer drought was barely a drought — we’ve seen worse.

But it’s been so warm into December — with temperatures around 25 degrees above average coming this weekend — that it leads us to wonder just how long these blossoms will bloom.


Comment by KM on January 10, 2015 at 12:35pm

Bloomin’ marvellous! Wild plants defy the cold with numbers in flower for this time of year soaring by hundreds

  • 368 species of wild plants are in flower when there should be only 20-30
  • Findings come from annual New Year Plant Hunt
  • Plant lovers spent up to three hours hunting for wild plants in flower
  • Daisy and dandelion were most common species in bloom 
  • But increase in flowers doesn't suggest an early Spring 

At least one in six flowering plants is blooming, with hundreds more in flower than is normal for the time of year.

A stunning 368 species of wild plants are in flower when botanical  suggest there should be only 20-30.

Daisy and dandelion were the most commonly recorded wild flowers by amateur plant hunters around the country.

More exotic species include heliotrope, gorse –  in all areas – and sea campion located on the coast of Anglesey.

A wild flowers area in Wisley garden, Surrey. A stunning 368 species of wild plants are in flower when botanical books suggest there should be only 20-30

A wild flowers area in Wisley garden, Surrey. A stunning 368 species of wild plants are in flower when botanical books suggest there should be only 20-30

Early spring flowering plants include Hazel, Lesser Celandine and Primrose. The findings come from the New Year Plant Hunt run by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland.

Plant lovers spent up to three hours between 1st and 4th January hunting for wild plants in flower. 

They compiled 143 lists, of which half contained 20 or more plants in flower.

A total of 2,908 records of plants in flower from across Britain and Ireland were submitted, including 368 different species.

The most commonly recorded plants were Daisy and Dandelion, each of which was recorded in 115 lists – three-quarters of the total.

Comment by Howard on January 4, 2015 at 3:45am

More Christmas daffodils blooming in the U.K. despite cold temperatures.

December Daffodils Herald Spring Despite Deep Freeze (Dec 30)

HARD to believe, but Spring has sprung early on the English Riviera despite the recent cold blast.

John Adamson had daffodils flowering in his Paignton garden well before Christmas, the earliest he’s known.

He said they flowered after Christmas last year in his garden on Goodrington Road in South Devon.

Meanwhile Stephen Adamski spotted these daffodils flowers in the woods near Summercourt Way, Brixham on Christmas Eve.

And Don Proctor found the shrub Vinca in flower in St Marychurch's Tessier Gardens. They normally flower in April or May.


Daffodils in Hucclecote for Christmas (Dec 24)

Muriel Hubbard, who lives in Hucclecote Lane, found some daffodils flowering in her front garden two weeks ago.

Two of the daffodils are flowering, and more are on their way, even though they are traditionally spring flowers.

The flowers have been appearing in Mrs Hubbard’s garden during the winter over the past five years.

But the Hucclecote pensioner said she’s “baffled” by the flowers, as they are not even getting sunlight in her north-facing garden.

She said: “I’m very surprised because daffodils don’t usually come up until April - it’s a spring flower. I can’t understand it because they’re in the front of my house which faces north- they don’t get any sunlight.

“I’m not a gardener, and I have no idea why they should flower in December. It baffles me.

“For daffodils to flower in the middle of December is exceptional.”


Daffodils in December? (Dec 29)

Although it’s only January 1, in one Wigtownshire garden, the daffodils are already poking their heads up.

During the heavy frost earlier in the week, Liz McLaughlin was stunned to see this daffodil in her garden at Ha-Hill near Wigtown.

Liz said: “I have never seen a daffodil grown outside in woodland garden, flowering at this time of year, very interesting and unusual.”


Comment by Howard on December 16, 2014 at 5:11am

Spring Flowers Blooming in December in UK (Dec 4)

Daffodils and snowdrops, flowers that normally appear in early Spring, are blooming in Lincolnshire gardens in early December.

Marilyn Fenn, 62, was stunned when she spotted the yellow flower in her garden which has bloomed four months early.

"I've mentioned it to two or three other people and they can’t believe it.

"They're a Spring bulb so what this one is doing out I’ll never know."

"It looks so lonely, I actually feel a bit sorry for it. I don’t know how long it will last with the cold weather.”

Other gardeners have also reported snowdrops appearing in their garden which also normally bloom in early Spring.


Comment by Howard on November 17, 2013 at 7:00am

Spring Blooms Arriving A Month Early In Australia (Oct 19)

Bizarre plant behaviour has been seen in Sydney's gardens.

The first lilac blossoms from jacaranda trees are flowering four weeks earlier than three decades ago.

"It's certainly pretty early considering what's happened in the past," says Dr Brett Summerell.

''When things do flower, they've gone through the process pretty quickly,'' Dr Summerell says. ''The flowers probably haven't lasted as long this year.''

Magnolias and daffodils were among the first in bloom, in August.

The 79th annual Jacaranda Festival in Grafton has had trees in the town flowering since the end of September, weeks early. Streets are now lined with the lilac haze, with the flowers expected to make it - just - to the traditional crowning of the Jacaranda Queen and Princess, an event always held on the last Saturday of October.


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