Hi You guys.
I feel a bit of an intruder in here, for I have only just started
posting, and I am sure that many of you have 'held council' for many
months - if not years.
I am from the UK, where - Global warming or not - most trees are now
in full leaf, many plants are up to 3-4 weeks early. (I know this
well, for one of my jobs is as a garden/ photographer, so I get to
know what flowers when (Normally!)
This time last year, many things were only just breaking into leaf and
we had some very cold wintry weather about. (Not too much talk about
global warming then!)
Just interested to know how goes it in other parts of this world of
ours. Any observations?
Hey Data, ignore that remark. If your creating "spam," just stop. But
people can choose whether to click on or not your link, and if you have a
legitimate question or topic then you shouldn't bypass this newsgroup if you
think someone can help.
As far as weather here in the northeast (Boston area), it's just starting to
get warm and - of course - muggy. Most everything is in bloom and people
are starting to get some seat time with their mowers. I expect to be out a
lot this weekend working in the yard and enjoying the nice weather.
Thanks for your comments Jeff
But in Boston, how does this year's season compare with last year's at
the same time? Over here in UK there is so much being made of the
climate changes (As distinct from Global Warming). The seasons are
most certainly changing. In the south of the UK we hardly get a
'proper' winter these days, just a loooooong, grey (gray) 3-4 months -
very little snow and just a few frosts in Jan-Feb. There are so many
plants that are now ok to grow, which even 8 years ago would have been
I am having to revise the way in which I write (On my site and
magazines) about planting schemes etc, because there are now so many
more possibilities. Heck, we are even planting - and they are growing
- Mediterranean plants and trees. Olive trees for instance are now a
possibility in the South UK, though it will be a long time yet before
I get 'Texas-style' mails about 'how to kill the cactus in my yard!'
I know that we here are always talking about the weather, but would
just like to get some 'feet-on-the-ground' observations from other
parts of theis little world of ours.
Central Florida -- driest year in over 100 years, exceeding the drought of
2001, which at that time was the driest year in over 100 years. We've had
30% or less of normal rainfall. There are thousands of brush fires
throughout the SE USA and this morning when I drove up to Orlando the
visibility was less than one mile in smoke which had been carried south from
N. Florida, Georgia and Alabama by the weather.
The lake on which we live is already at the bottom of its normal level and
there are only a couple of inches of water under the boat at my dock -- and
my dock extends 100 feet out into the lake. (Of course, the average depth
of this lake is only about 6-8 feet at normal pool, but it covers about
27,000 acres -- 15 miles long and about 10 miles wide. Rainy season doesn't
normally start for another 1-2 months. All of S. Florida is on mandatory
water restrictions, allowed to water lawns and gardens one day a week, but
in this area compliance is almost nil.
As for the garden, I just picked some ripe plums from the plum tree, and a
few peppers from the garden. My sweet onions are almost ready and the beans
and corn are already past their peak. Of course, in Florida we plant
vegetables in the fall, and trees lose their leaves in the spring. --
Seems like summer/spring are coming later this year than last. It's been
cool for the past month with a few days in the 70s and 80s, but it's back in
the 50's to low 60's right now. I'm very behind in my yard work. Just
aerated and laid down fertilizer this weekend - probably a few weeks behind.
But I'm using organic, so I'm not too worried about it. I did miss the
opportunity to put a good pre-emergent crab grass stopper, though, so I
expect to be on my hands and knees pulling and swearing at some point later
this summer. Again!
The weather has been very inconsistent over the past few years in New
England. But I think inconsistency is fairly consistent here, if you know
what I mean. This winter was very strange. Pretty much 0" of snow until
the end of January (in fact I don't think we were below zero through that
time more than once or twice). Then winter hit and it got freezing for
quite some time. Not a ton of snow, but several good storms. The pond out
back froze, thawed, and froze again.
Parts of the west got a TON of snow - more than normal. Not sure many
people there were complaining about global warming at the time.
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