7th January 2015

As 2014 has been confirmed as the warmest year on record, here are some photos of the wonderful frosty morning we had today! It is unusual, even in the South of England where I am at present, for Camellia’s to be so far out this early, which must be due to the consistently warmer weather last year. It was not only the warmest year since the formal UK-wide records which began in 1910, but in the oldest continuous records in the

Mum's next door neighbour in Sussex has several Camellia out already

Mum’s next door neighbour in Sussex has several Camellia out already

The Camellias caught the heavy frost this morning

The Camellias caught the heavy frost this morning

world, the Central England series which date back to 1659! It wasn’t that any one month was especially hot, but that overall was it so warm. The mean temperature was 9.9C, 0.2 higher than the previous highest which was in 2006. Even more significantly, 8 of the highest UK mean temperatures have been recorded since 2002. This Camellia, grown as suits them best, facing west, has now grown over the fence so that some of its blossoms now face east. This is bad news fro these particular flowers. Camellia flowers are susceptible to frost damage, but facing east is worse for them, as the rising sun melts the frost quickly, burning the petals. Conditions: Frosty with some sun, and a little wind. Temperature: Unusually the maximum for midday is 8C but overnight it will be warmer, at 10C!

The Crab Apples caught the frost but that helped blett or soften the fruit for the Blackbirds to eat.

The Crab Apples caught the frost but that helped blett or soften the fruit for the Blackbirds to eat.

Blackbird eating the bletted Crab Apples later in the day

Blackbird eating the bletted Crab Apples later in the day

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