Early bloomers: flowers are blossoming early thanks to mild winter

The snowdrop has been voted the top spring flower. Credit: Patrick Pleul / PA

National Trust Garden teams in the South West have recorded more flowers in bloom this time in the year, compared to 2008, with nearly all gardens showing an increase in the amount of varieties of plants in bloom.

It's thought that flowers in the South West have sprung up much earlier than usual due to the mild winter.

The snowdrop is the most commonly spotted spring flower in the region, it's been voted the top spring flower for the third year.

But daffodils and bluebells have also already broken the surface.

Matched by record breaking amounts rain falling in December last year, the very mild and dull weather of this winter’s weather has been causing huge confusion to plants in National Trust gardens across the South West. >Many flowers and plants have continued to flower all winter, some are appearing all together and some plants have appeared much earlier than normal.

Early colour at Eden includes the diminutive deep pink flowers of the Fuchsia microphylla. Credit: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

Daffodils are appearing with snowdrops and even bluebells have struggled to the surface boosted by mild weather. >Varieties of magnolia which usually flower over a period of months are appearing together and much earlier than usual.

Ian Wright, the South West Gardens Advisor says it's we could do with some dry and sunny weather after all the rain.

Have you noticed unusual activity in your garden horticulture? Send us your early bloomers to westcountry@itv.com