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EARLY ROSES IN JANUARY !!
Despite the cold snap curious gardening fans are flocking to see SUMMER blooms in January thanks to the mild winter. A winter micro-climate "heat bubble" on the banks of River Dee has triggered roses into re-flowering to produce a blush of flowers. Experts at the University of Liverpool say the phenomenon of roses in bloom alongside snowdrops is completely unprecedented at its Ness Botanic Gardens in Cheshire. Ness on the Wirral is renowned for its mild "micro-climate" thanks to its position on the banks of the River Dee and in the lea of Snowdonia. But experts at Ness say the phenomenon of early-flowering roses is being reported by gardeners all along the west coast. Ness Gardens Head Gardener Paul Cook has been amazed at the early appearance of the spring flowers but is "astounded" at the sight of summer roses in January. Paul said: "We've had an incredible amount of snowdrops already but the gardens are so full of unseasonal blooms - including roses. It is quite unprecedented. "Camillas and daphnes are out early and the snowdrops are putting on a magnificent early display. "It's been mild through the autumn and so far this winter we have not had a frost. "But roses are summer flowers that we don't normally see in bloom until May or June "The fact is that some varieties have never really stopped flowering in 2011, but have now as the days lengthen they are really come back to life and putting out new blooms. "It's amazing." Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction, across the county, are holding snowdrop events and walks throughout January, February and March. * Gardening guru Bob Flowerdew proclaimed 2011 "The Year of Two Springs". Last autumn an unprecedented second crop of flowers and shrubs, like rhododendrons and ornamental quince, blossomed in many of the country's gardens. Even "spring bedding" perenials like ariculas and primula denticulata were reported to have put on a second bloom in the autumn.
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