Welcome to myclimatechangegarden.com
I started writing this blog in May 2008 when I began to notice how the plants in my garden were being affected by increasingly unpredictable weather patters.
My plan was to share this experience with other gardeners all over the world, especially in the UK,USA and Australia. Since then I have been stimulating debate and establishing a new horticultural project called Climate Gardens.
Over the past 8 years I have written many blogs about how to adapt gardens to an uncertain climatic future but, more importantly, I have been trying to raise the issue of climate change in our everyday lives. Research shows that if people think they can change things in their own back yard, they are more likely to think they can change the world. This new thinking on climate change communication is one of my inspirations for Climate Gardens and is explained here: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/bank-holiday-local-environmental-projects-fabian-society-report-climate-change
Now ranked 1st by Google for climate change gardening, this blog is recording how various climatic changes are affecting our gardens. It is creating an “internet legacy” for global gardeners to plan ahead for an uncertain future and reflect in the next 5, 10 or even 50 years on how much has changed.
Without doubt the climate is certainly changing and bringing weather that is affecting previously well defined seasons. Seasons that for centuries have enabled gardeners to know what to plant at what time of the year in order to produce the flowers and fresh produce that are the essence of any garden.
Here are just a few stats that might interest:
* 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded according to NASA.
* To say that 2015 was hot is actually an understatement. The average recorded temperature across the surface of the planet was so far above normal that it set a record for setting records. The year was more than a quarter of a degree Fahrenheit warmer than the last global heat record — set all the way back in 2014—according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration figures.
* A quarter of a degree may not sound like much, but on a planetary scale it’s a huge leap. Most previous records were measured by hundredths of a degree.
* The implications of this latest climate record are quite extraordinary: 2015 was the first full year to break the 1C barrier above pre-industrial levels – a key benchmark for warming.
*Much of the warming has happened in the past 35 years, says NASA, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. And Dr Thomas Karl, who directs the administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said current conditions would likely lead to 2016 being as warm as – if not warmer than – 2015.
* The lengthening of the UK growing season over the past 10 years by 29 days is having a major impact on UK gardens and wildlife.http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/23/plant-growing-season-uk-one-month-longer-1990-met-office
*In the USA, extreme drought , heavy rains, monster floods are signs of a “new normal” of extreme U.S. weather events driven by climate change. http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-of-2013-from-a-climate-perspective/
* These challenging conditions are challenging even the most experienced of USA gardeners http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/opinion/sunday/gardening-for-climate-change.html?_r=0
* Australia is vulnerable to the effects of global warming projected for the next 50 to 100 years because of its extensive arid and semi-arid areas, high annual rainfall variability, and existing pressures on water supply. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/2015/
* Australian gardeners face a range of shifting weather that is affecting their gardens with extreme drought and heat. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1201187.htm
Further information about climate change can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence.
How is climate change affecting your garden and plants?
Please share your experiences of how climate changes are affecting your garden with global visitors to this blog via the comments section or complete the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y92PQQL
Here are just a few questions that might stimulate you to respond:
* Which of your plants are thriving in the changing seasons and which are not able to adapt?
* How are you dealing with long periods of drought followed often by heavy monsoon rain?
* Have you changed the design or plants in your garden to accommodate unpredictable weather patterns?
Why are gardens important?
Gardens are very precious places that we need to preserve as a retreat from a busy and evermore polluted world.
Gardens help us to monitor climate change and the effects of weird and extreme weather.They can reveal on a daily basis what is happening to our planet through the flowers, plants, bees, birds and variety of wildlife living in these green spaces.
Look outside your back door to experience Climate Change happening NOW in your very own garden.
Many thanks for your interest in what I am trying to do.