During the last quarter of March 2018 we anxiously awaited the arrival of the "Beast from the East". When he came he brought snow, and in his wake I took the following photograph - we were lucky in our area as we only saw a light scattering of snow.
"The Beast" created a chilly scene and there were very few signs of Spring.
We have just returned from a trip to Devon during the same March period as last year. In comparison the skies were blue, it was very warm, and the sun shone every day.
All of these plants were photographed on the 25th March 2019. They were either growing wild on the banks of Devon country lanes or in two gardens visited.
Why are plants that normally bloom several weeks apart flowering at the same time? I can only assume that it must be the result of the long hot 2018 summer followed by the mild winter, or is it climate change?