We might be in the middle of winter, but it seems that some plants in Dorset think it's spring. They're coming into flower two months earlier than expected. Staff at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens say it’s down to warm weather.
This year temperatures haven't dropped below freezing. The Narcissi nestled beneath the palm trees of Abbotsbury's subtropical gardens came in to flower as the New Year began to blossom. A Camellia nearby is also in full bloom.
The gardens were created almost 250 years ago, first as a kitchen garden, but later plants were brought here from all around the world.
A stroll around it reveals just how many plants are waking up early from their winter slumber.
There’s a warning, though, that the plants could be damaged and the flowers lost if we get any frost in the next couple of months.
The story of this winter's weather is wet and windy, not freezing and frosty. But that could easily change.
Watch the full report by Duncan Sleightholme here:
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