Xmas has been and gone . New Year is just 48 hrs away . However, winter seems nowhere to be seen in the UK at the moment.
At a time when we would usually expect to see bare branches and icy mornings, some flowers have burst into life two or more months ahead of schedule.
Ed Ikin, head gardener at National Trust estate Nymans in West Sussex, said: ‘It’s all a bit peculiar. As a gardener, it’s been a very strange winter – in fact, you can’t call it a winter yet.‘We haven’t had consecutive frosts, so apples and blackberries have not yet fallen off the branches as they don’t know winter’s come. ‘Instead, every flower that fancies its chances is flowering like mad. My only worry is we will soon see frosts which may kill some of the flowers off. We are seeing many flowers at least two months early.’
Temperatures for the second half of December have been at least three degrees above average.
Met Office forecaster Charles Powell said: ‘It’s been an exceptionally mild end to the year. A mild spell kicked in after December 21. Temperatures will stay like that for the next couple of days