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Gardeners are enjoying the most fragrant February in living memory.
The Royal Horticultural Society says floral scents are far stronger than expected, as plants grow more flowers that bloom to a larger size than usual.
Plants - Snowdrops - Crocuses - Bursts - Fragrance
Winter-blooming plants including snowdrops and crocuses are releasing bursts of strong fragrance because of last year’s long, hot summer.
The sunlight when they were growing provided more energy through photosynthesis for the plants to invest in flower-making.
Guy - Barter - Horticulturalist - RHS - Number
Guy Barter, chief horticulturalist at the RHS, says it could also mean a record-breaking number of daffodils next month, although that depends on the damage done to these flowers by the summer drought.
He said: ‘The wafts of scent from winter flowers are at a scale and frequency I cannot remember experiencing before.
Warm - Weather - Plants - Time - Country
The warm weather has seen plants flowering ahead of time across the country, with daffodils appearing in Devon in December.
But it was also good for winter-blooming plants, which have evolved to produce strong scents so that they can attract the very few pollinators like bees around at this time of year.
Experts - Gardeners - Honeysuckles - Viburnum - Daphnes
Experts say gardeners who have planted winter-flowering honeysuckles and viburnum, daphnes and ‘wintersweet’ flowers will notice their stronger fragrances, as will people visiting public gardens.
The RHS garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire has 15 varieties of witch hazel, another winter-flowering plant whose Latin name is Hamamelis.
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