Cherry Blossom Time

@boiboing (12219)
Northampton, England
December 19, 2015 5:40am CST
We are sitting in our friends' house looking out of the windows at their garden and into their neighbour's garden. Their garden is looking a bit sad - which is not unexpected at this time of year in Europe. But just beyond the fence and into the neighbour's garden we can see a spectacular display of cherry blossom. It's December for goodness sake. This really shouldn't be happening. Back home in our garden all our spring bulbs started growing a few weeks ago. Mother nature is well and truly confused this year by the unseasonably mild weather. I can't help wondering what's going to happen when the cold finally comes. I'd guess the cherry tree owner won't be getting any cherries and I don't know if we'll lose all the bulbs if they grow too far too soon. It's not unusual in the UK to spot the odd snow drop flower around Christmas time, maybe a small primrose or two but this year the gardens are going crazy.
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@pgntwo (21277)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Dec 15
The wind is blowing so hard here today, one of the hens at the farm up the road laid the same egg three times.
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@Rollo1 (16667)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Dec 15
I fear that the weather will soon turn nasty and cold and no one will be prepared for it. It's not warm enough here for things to mistakenly be growing, but it's been warmer than the last few winters. Although it was very much like this about 5 winters ago, the first year I lived in this house. I am trying to remember if it got cold suddenly after that. I know it did last year.
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@paigea (21558)
• Canada
20 Dec 15
I am always prepared for it.
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
20 Dec 15
@paigea you live in Canada. You have to be ready for anything.
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@youless (88919)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Dec 15
The cherry blossom is quite beautiful. In fact the cherries are very expensive fruits here. I think it is supposed to have the cherries after the blossom. If not, what's wrong with it?
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@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
19 Dec 15
The blossom should not come until spring. It's here a few months too early so if the weather turns cold, they will lose all the blossom and next year, maybe there will be no cherries.
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@andriaperry (43432)
• United States
20 Dec 15
Same here. My yellow bell bushes are blooming and they usually bloom in the early Spring. they are confused by our mild weather.
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@Jessicalynnt (47798)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Dec 15
I worry when the plants do that, when it does hard freeze does the late fake fall/spring/whatever this is hurt them?
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@softbabe44 (5910)
• Vancouver, Washington
20 Dec 15
Hard to believe in such greatness when it becomes your garden it's nice to see a garden grow.
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
20 Dec 15
But not so good when it's growing too soon and you fear losing it all with the first hard frost.
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• Vancouver, Washington
20 Dec 15
@boiboing That would not be good.
@allknowing (60235)
• India
20 Dec 15
You are so right. Nature is certainly confused. It's happening in our garden too. Yesterday it rained here - so unusual.
@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Dec 15
boo hoo it still has not rained in Southern California sob lol.
@allknowing (60235)
• India
20 Dec 15
@Hatley How odd that what is good for you is not good for me (lol)
• China
20 Dec 15
How come the cherry has come into blossom now ? a strange freak ! Here it normally blossoms in April .
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
20 Dec 15
Yes, that's the point of the post.
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@paigea (21558)
• Canada
20 Dec 15
How interesting. It is not warm enough here for things to grow at least.
@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Dec 15
at least here in Garden G rove California southern part the roses are still blooming so some things are still normal here.
@MALUSE (36927)
• Germany
19 Dec 15
Same here! We live in an area with many cherry tree plantations. The owners must be desparate.
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
20 Dec 15
That could be economically terrible if they lose their crop.
@fishtiger58 (30383)
• Momence, Illinois
19 Dec 15
I think you are right, they won't be getting any cherries this year. I hate when that happens. We had it happen one year with our peach tree. No peaches that year.
@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Dec 15
I noticed a peach tree up the street here where all the tiny peaches had fallen on the ground for southern california freezing temps in Dec. are not the norm at all.
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@amnabas (9988)
• Karachi, Pakistan
19 Dec 15
Is it the residents lazzyness or something else.
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
19 Dec 15
Not at all. It's because the weather is so warm that the trees think it is spring.
@garymarsh6 (13050)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 15
The daffs are out too can you believe that in December. The only worrying thing is if winter does strike there will be a terrible harvest next year.
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
19 Dec 15
Mother nature will presumably figure it out sooner or later.
@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Dec 15
and the weather here in Southern California where it never rains s colder than usual and the highs are not as high as in previous years,seems like the weather is completely mixed up. hi @boiboing
@LadyDuck (141345)
• Switzerland
19 Dec 15
I have seen cherry blossoms also on the trees of my neighbor. This is a shame, when the cold will finally come (and it will come), all the blossoms will be destroyed.
@marlina (69898)
• Canada
19 Dec 15
Hard to believe for this time of the year.
@jaboUK (52700)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec 15
Can you believe I've got some flowers on one of my rosebushes?
• United States
19 Dec 15
I believe they showed cherry blossoms in the US in bloom the other day. We have dandelions blooming! LOL.
@scheng1 (24815)
• Singapore
19 Dec 15
The cold goes to China, so you are lucky this year. I think when China has a warm winter, you will have a very cold one.