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Jekka
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:59 pm    Post subject: Global warming. Reply with quote

Confused Has anyone else noticed the affects of changing weather patterns on their gardens? Here in the S.E of England we have had barely any frost this year and torrential rain all through the so called winter. There also seems to be far more frequent gales. My garden is very dry and quite sheltered so I have planted accordingly but I seem to have lost several plants and others are suffering because they are too waterlogged. Also a lot of deciduous shrubs no longer are and my Geums have flowered throughout the winter. In fact one is out now! The frogs in my pond have already spawned and the birds are already nesting. My lawn is now more moss than lawn and two Leylandii on the common next to us have blown over in the last gale. (not too sorry to see them go!) Even my chives that normally completely vanish in the winter have kept growing enough to have used them in a salad.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Yes, Jekka, weather patterns have changed significantly & sometimes in a very strange way.

One of the most noticeable changes has been the (usually) milder winters. Over a couple of decades, we've changed from zone 7a to 8b & I've grown outdoors a number of semi-tropical shrubs that never could be grown before.

But global warming isn't just about warming temperatures as you've found from the more severe weather that's occurred sometimes. While each winter, we've broken new records for some of the warmest days, we also broke new records for the most extreme cold, snow, & windchill that's ever occurred in the lower mainland (Vancouver & Fraser Valley region). We've had extended dry periods with no rain (not normal for us) & then a couple of months of almost constant rain with record levels. This is happening more & more now so it's hard to plan for what to grow or expect.

While I've had plants that happily over-wintered year after year outside, this extended cold snap with very strong winds killed many of my plants. My beloved Hebe is dead, many half-hardy perennials are gone, I'm positive my Iochroma cyaneum is killed, & I have to wait till warmer weather to see if others made it through. Crying or Very sad Yet, right now, my Aubretia is blooming & my bleeding hearts are growing taller (but no blooms yet, of course).

Maybe you've heard of Stanley Park in Vancouver? It's world famous & has made it on the international news (saw it on BBC) for the massive amount of damage done by torrential storm winds & heavy snowfalls combined. Weird, weird weather.

Global warming means normal weather patterns are disrupted & as a result, weather of all kinds become more extreme. We're likely to have flooding of the Fraser River again this year despite dikes being raised. And it doesn't help that people build where common sense should tell them not to (in flood plains, steep sides of hills & mountains, & on unstable ground liable to break up) or clear cut trees for forestry so rain water can't soak into the ground & wash mud & rock slides down mountains into residential area. Evil or Very Mad

I can get a little rabid about what's being done & those that have the power & money to make changes won't as it means new developments & more money in their pockets.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

I've noticed that even my house plants have started to behave strangely this winter, producing flowers in autumn, growing faster than any winter before...as if they can feel what's going on outside. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:07 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

yes this winter was the hotest in Macedonia...there was not any snow and we had subtropical temperatures...my calendula has not stoped flowering during this winter, and my canas and ranunculuses owerwintered succefully..strange but fine for me...i hate the cold and snow.. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Hi Kuchlar. Love your Avatar, looks a lot like my cat. I have never spoken to anyone from Macedonia before. What are the normal temperatures there? Have you had more extremes of weather too?
My cannas died last year. Had them outside in a pot next to the house so quite sheltered. Grew really well for 3 years but I think they just got too wet last year and rotted off. Crying or Very sad
Have to agree with you about it being warm. I hate the cold but I hate the rain more when I have to work in it. Mad

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:49 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Hello Jekka!! I am a cat lover to... Smile

We have strange weather here, during summer is very hot (40C) and the winters are extreamly cold (-18, once it went under -20 Sad ) I am speaking for northwestern macedonia where I live...in the south we have subtropical climate..and we dont have rain as you do.. Wink winters are wet but summers are hot and dry.. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 4:01 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Very wierd weather last night.
It is now May and in England now it should be warming up (it did that last month) and be very calm maybe with the odd shower and occasional slight frost and thats about it. Last night we had the most incredible storm. Firstly huge bolts of lightening (that is unusual in itself normally we get sheets) then torrential rain for about half an hour and then the hardest hail storm ever. I had to run out and rescue an orchid I had put outside and those stones really hurt! The thunder rumbled on and off for about another hour and more torrential rain. I think in one night it dropped all the rain we should have had in April!

Iso how are things going with the flood alert for you?

Evo have the tornados stopped now?

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Jekka wrote:
Very wierd weather last night.... we had the most incredible storm... I think in one night it dropped all the rain we should have had in April!

Iso how are things going with the flood alert for you?

Evo have the tornados stopped now?

Jekka, evodevo, Isomorphix, I am worried about you because of all your storms, tornados (twisters) and flood. Take care of yourself, please.
We don't have problems as yours, yet. Here is just drought in progress.
I like dry and hot weather, but our plants don't, except cacti and succulents

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Well, the likelihood of flooding is going up quickly. Peak river levels are generally reached from end of May to mid-June. So much depends on the weather in the next few weeks. For now, it's not good. It's warming up very quickly now - highs around mid-20s or more. And further up north where lots of the snowpack is, the weather is heating up fast too. Plus, that area has had some VERY heavy downpours which will take another 4 days from water runoff into the rivers up there to reach us down here.

We're not in danger of our home flooding as we're higher on the mountainous side from the river though we're only about 2 km from the river. But all major roads & the rail lines will be under water. Utilities may be out too so no running water, sewage, gas, or electricity. For me, it'll be like camping out at home but for those who live or work in the flood plains (LOTS!), they'll be badly affected. And there's lots of farms with animals too that have to be moved out as best as possible.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 8:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Sladolez,

How are you, my friend? In 8 days, I'll be back in CR where the weather is much more stable. Earthquakes are sometimes a problem there but never tornado problems. Also, CR does not have problems with crazy people shooting dozens of innocent students, co-workers, family members, or randomly shooting people on the street. The US is just crazy. My only brother was killed here in US by a man with a gun.

Sorry about getting off the topic of weather. It's just that every day someone here in US takes a gun and kills people for little or no reason, even innocent little children.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 2:15 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Evo. I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Must be so painful for you having to be there. *Big virtual hug*. I don't understand why they are still so lenient with their gun rules. When will they learn?

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 2:19 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Slad.
Nice to have you back again. Very Happy We had the drought but now the weather is definitely making up for it. They have forecast torrential rain again today although so far it has just been gently raining since this morning. Hope you don't get the same and just have nice rain.
UHOH!!!! Just as I wrote that my computer blipped and then there was a massive roll of thunder....here it comes! Shocked

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:00 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Hi Jekka n all,
The last few days it's been a bit cloudy here, my guess is that the rains are going to be early.
Being a cacti n succulent person I personally wish that the rains would miss us for at least one season (year). But then the rest of the people here would kill me.
The rains usually start in Mumbai in the 2nd week of June. Everyone here remembers that, as the schools open after the summer vacations on the 2nd Monday in June and we would all had to have our rain gear ready.
Right now I am keeping my fingers crossed and making all sorts of promises to the Wx Gods so that this warm dry spell lasts. The Astrophytums, Adenium, COT's and the Gymnocalyciums are in continous flower. Any thing grafted catches immediately. This is a cactus-mans heaven.
Best wishes fm Mumbai,
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Any rain yet Blaise or have your prayers to the Gods been answered?

We seem to be swinging between warm tropical rain and outrageous heat now. My plants are all coming into flower much too soon. I won't have anything to look at in the summer. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Global warming. Reply with quote

Hi,

so on 22nd of May 2007 the weather seems to have stopped.
No more weather at all ?

There really seems to be a change in climate.
Here in Germany, Frankfurt/Main area, the steady periods seem to last longer. For example dry summer periods with a lot of sunshine and no rain at all obviously last much longer than before.

The "normal" German summer used to be like two days of sunshine followed by two days of rain etc.

Now we have two, three or even four lovely summer weeks, and afterwards still dry weather with only little rain (my area). And then the next summer period follows.

That during the last few years lasted from about April until September/October. There was no reason for us to leave Germany for holidays because of weather.

So as a fanatic gardener I think of growing Yuccas and Cacti only (a bit exaggerated, of course).
But I really can't grow all plants that I used to grow, because of the lack of water (rain).

Do you have similar experiences?

Harry

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