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So far, the weather here in the South of England has been quite mild, with only two or three really cold days. Yesterday, as Rik and I were coming back from a walk, I took this picture of primulas still growing in our front garden. There’s no way they should be in bloom at this time of the year!

As we look out, we also see many more squirrels than are usually around at this time of the year, many of them very young, and there are also more birds than usual. There’s considerable competition for the seeds in the birdfeeder, too, with the squirrels and the bigger birds such as magpies and woodpigeons gathering beneath it for anything that falls down!

It’s great to see these creatures interacting in the garden. However, it makes me sad, too. You see, an unusually cold spell is expected during the next couple of weeks, and I’m wondering how many of them are going to survive.

Anyway, here are the primulas, still thriving at the moment!


Image Credit » The photo of the in bloom unseasonably was taken by Vivenda.

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Magnolia wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:31 AM

They are beautiful. It is so odd how the weather is changing.

beachchair wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:39 AM

I am glad it is about flowers. I thought something bag might have happened while I was at work. Enjoy the flowers. I cant wait till spring!

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:20 PM

I have often noticed when I visited England in January that there are still flowers in bloom, here in CT they mostly die in November and won't be back til April or May. :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:30 PM

My mum used to always have primulas - but inside, in pots, if I remember correctly. She worked at a huge seed grower/seller's head office, so had lots of easy access to seeds and bulbs of every sort - from the catalogue and directly from the trial grounds.

kat123456 wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:08 PM

It has been unseasonably mild but with temperatures set to plummet I wonder how many will survive?

AliCanary wrote on January 26, 2015, 3:56 PM

They are beautiful! I wonder if squirrels hibernate or not. I know chipmunks stay underground, but I guess squirrels live in trees, so I don't know. I should do a little research!

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 19, 2015, 11:55 PM

Now winter has come again and it has been relatively mild until last night when it was below freezing here in the south east of America.