Spring flowers in bloom after 'wettest winter on record'


Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephen Simpson/REX (3589579a) Jacob Simpson aged 10 and Charlie Watson aged three run next to the colourful flowers Crocuses in flower for spring in Kew Gardens, London, Britain - 21 Feb 2014

Spring appears to have sprung in Britain after experts said the season's flowers are already starting to bloom.

Friday saw warm and sunny weather in many parts of the country and the National Trust said the wet and windy weather had not hugely affected UK flowers.

Ian Wright, South West National Trust Gardens Adviser, told MSN: "The Met Office has said its been the wettest winter since records began, however, despite some rather wet and windy weather, our annual flower count has shown that spring is very much starting to peep its head through the rather soggy ground and all thanks to the current very mild conditions.

"Our gardens in the South West are already a profusion of blooms at ground level with masses of snowdrops and crocuses.

"When you look up you can see bountiful blooms from camellias, and soon the rhododendrons and magnolias."

Bank Hall in Lancashire has seen hundreds of visitors witnessing the carpet of white snowdrops in its 18-acre gardens.

Janet Edwards, chairperson for the Friends of Bank Hall, told the Daily Mail: "They are in full bloom now and they look so beautiful. It's difficult to say how long they will be in bloom for because it can vary but last year they lasted until the beginning of April.

"They did take a battering in the storm and we've had lots of rain so it's difficult to say this year."

The Met Office said this has been the UK's wettest winter on record going back to 1910.

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