January. The Christmas lights are down, fireworks from New Year's celebrations are a fading memory and the weather is grey. It is typically a drab month, when sun worshippers pine for the longer days of summer. It is also not a month normally associated with flowers, except this year it is. The results from the annual New Year's Day flower hunt revealed that 368 species are in flower across the UK, normally it is between 20 and 30!
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. It raises further questions about the effects of climate change during the UK’s warmest year on record.