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Old 02-26-2017, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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In Central Virginia, the forsythia is in bloom. Crocus, redbuds, bradford pears are in bloom too. My roses have put out early leaves. It seems so early this year, but it has been in the 70s here and everything popped out at once.

I won't complain about this year's winter! It has been a breeze
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:28 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Very cool! What planting zone is London? You have many of the same plants in bloom as here in coastal GA, zone 8. I would have thought that London was still in the dead of winter.
What plants do you have over there at the moment? I'm guessing the similarities end after the southern magnolia?
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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My hydrangeas are budding out with new shoots popping up all around their bases. Way too early for this to be happening!
Plus my magnolia 'royal star' Magnolia stellata is in the full bud mode.


These hydrangeas were eaten down to the ground by deer last year. Pending no harsh cold snaps, they just might make it back.
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Old 02-26-2017, 08:18 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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What plants do you have over there at the moment? I'm guessing the similarities end after the southern magnolia?
We have in bloom now, camellias, roses, azaleas and rhododendrons, gardenias, Carolina Jessamine, loropetatum. Redbud is just coming out. Bulbs do not generally do well, since the winters are too warm.
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:02 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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We have in bloom now, camellias, roses, azaleas and rhododendrons, gardenias, Carolina Jessamine, loropetatum. Redbud is just coming out. Bulbs do not generally do well, since the winters are too warm.
We will have to wait another 2-4 weeks or so for the roses, azaleas and rhododendrons.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:02 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Some more photos taken today.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/47327329-post367.html
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:10 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Those hellebores are magnificent!
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:49 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Wow, I didn't expect a palm tree.
Off the subject, but I'm intrigued by the row of parked cars. Is the one facing us illegally parked? Here, you can get ticketed for parking in the wrong direction.
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:27 AM
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Wow, I didn't expect a palm tree.
Off the subject, but I'm intrigued by the row of parked cars. Is the one facing us illegally parked? Here, you can get ticketed for parking in the wrong direction.
There are 5 species of palm that are quite common in gardens in London (all will grow without any winter protection). They are:

Trachycarpus fortunei (the palms in the pictures)
Phoenix canariensis
Butia capitata
Chamaerops humilis
Washingtonia filifera

In SW England (Cornwall, Devon), they can grow about 20 different palm species due to the milder winters. The Scilly Isles and the coast of Cornwall is zone 10!

The law here only forbids parking facing traffic, if it is at night and not in a recognised parking space.
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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My late aunt, who lived in England until age 15, used to tell me about the Scilly Islands and she would tell me that palm trees grew in the south of England. It's very different from over here in the US.

Over here, we can grow things in the north that they can't grow in the south. Lilacs, for one. I think somewhere around Virginia on the east coast, is the cut off point for lilacs. It gets way too hot in summer for them.

But they have something I had never seen: Crepe myrtle trees. Probably lots of other plants to but that's the one that was so outstanding to me. Magnificent trees and they were everywhere. I had to ask what they were.

I don't know where camellias start but I have only seen one once and that was in Florida.

The US has a range of extreme climates while the UK has a moderate climate that can accommodate a wider range of plants.
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