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  Macscouse 22:29 30 Jan 2013
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Up here in the North of Scotland, snowdrops are popping out everywhere in my garden, and the crocuses (crocii?) are not far behind. What's the betting that there will be snow on the Cairgorm in June?

  Aitchbee 22:32 30 Jan 2013

...double carpets.

  Aitchbee 22:39 30 Jan 2013

Macscouse, I'm rifling thru' hundreds of packets of flower seeds to see which ones I can start propagating ... spring is in the air [indoors only] ;o]

  Forum Editor 23:35 30 Jan 2013

In broad terms it takes around eight weeks for Spring to move from Southern England to the North of Scotland - roughly walking pace.

In my garden the daffodils are just starting to come through the soil, so it will be a few weeks yet before it looks like Spring. The buds on my Camellias are usually the first to open, accompanied by the Magnolia - neither of them are looking like it just yet.

  spuds 00:32 31 Jan 2013

I was only saying the other week in this forum, about the apple and pear trees on my property were showing large scale budding, so i was anticipating an early harvest.

When I saw the title I was a little concerned about Brumas and Bing.alau commenting :O)

  wee eddie 03:50 31 Jan 2013

One of our gardeners has had all his Daffodils out for a week already - Ayr in S W Scotland

  Brumas 09:23 31 Jan 2013

spuds I really wasn't going to respond but feel I now must if only to save the blushes of LHO ;o}

  Quickbeam 09:50 31 Jan 2013

"crocuses (crocii?)"

I think the modern plural term is now OK, especially when some years ago the Queen referenced 'stadiums' in a speech. If it comes from her mouth, it's official Queens English.

My first Crocus has shown a petal this morning and the mini Irises are well under way. I have about a dozen terracotta planters with a few hundred spring bulbs every year giving about 6 weeks worth of spring has sprung. To me, they're the first feelgood factor heralding the end of winter.

  Forum Editor 11:00 31 Jan 2013

SimpleSimon1

Family friends have a flower business in the Isles of Scilly. Depending on weather conditions they can be harvesting early Narcissus crops in the autumn.

  Forum Editor 11:03 31 Jan 2013

wee eddie

the Gulf stream, and prevailing winds blowing off the sea account for higher mean temperatures in that part of Scotland.

  john bunyan 13:09 31 Jan 2013

During the WW2, some Dutch ate Tulip bulbs, which are less poisonous than daffodil ones. I would not eat either and hope no one is encouraged to do so.BTW I thought ROFL was obscure and am impressed by fm's Schadenfreude synonym was impressive.

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