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Botanists have been stunned by the results of their annual hunt for plants in flower on New Year’s Day.  They say according to textbooks there should be between 20 and 30 species in flower. This year there were 368 in bloom.

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“We are now in our fourth mild winter. Normally flowers get frosted off by Christmas but this year it hasn’t happened.”

He said 368 species in flower is an unprecedented 15% of the flowering plants in Britain and Ireland – an “amazing” total. The high count was partly due to the growth in the number of volunteers - but mostly due to climate change, he said.

Because global climate change?

Botanists are attributing it mostly to global climate change.

So one good thing about global warming: More flowers. 😊

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