Malayalam wrote: »
There are a lot of berries on the hawthorn this year, even still, a lot left after leaf fall.
pauldry wrote: »
I notice that some of our flowers usually in bloom in August are still so.
I also saw some new buds on a bush that has only lost half its leaves.
Garden growing like crazy too of course.
Still there needs to be a very cold November or December or 2017 will be the warmest year by far in much of Ireland
RobertKK wrote: »
I got mice in my house and one clever one who has so far avoided capture.
Speaking to the neighbours and they have a nice issue as well.
So on that front, the mice seem particularly eager to get indoors at present.
Donal55 wrote: »
I went for a walk down by the bog today and I couldn't believe that some of the gorse bushes are in flower already.
mountainy man wrote: »
Gorse can be seen in flower all year round, its not unusual and gave rise to the saying "kissing is out of fashion when gorse is not in bloom".
Floki wrote: »
Signs of bad weather on the way in this part of Co.wexford are usually first flocks of starlings. There's a small flock around atm but I reckon they're resident birds.
Then after the starlings come, another sign are flocks of lapwing.
That's usually a sure sign cold weather is heading from the east.
If it gets particularly bad like in 09 10 then you might see a flock of whooper swans looking for some grass.
Ultimate Seduction wrote: »
Infested with more mice and rats than usual this year, didn't realise it was weather realated though
Mr Bumble wrote: »
A feature of this summer was the attention given by birds to all my fruit plants/bushes/trees as they came in season from June onwards. With virtually no rain and a big survival rate among all birds because of the mild winter, they went after the fruit.
I was at war with the little fokkers for weeks but had to throw in the towel when they hired in mercenary squrrels from a tree nearby. Only the plums were spared.
My holly has been awash with berries for three weeks now and they have ignored them completely. This would be great if you could make holly jam but you can't.
I've had daffodils sprouting for the last two weeks and an iris I cut back to the bulb in July is a foot and a half tall. A black sweet grape I had in the greenhouse which was wiped out by the storm in early spring grew wild and produced more grapes in the open than it did under glass and they ripened earlier. (Little fokkers got them too).
piuswal wrote: »
Surely all of the above, and all of the other flora stories, are the result of the weather we have had, not indicators of upcoming weather!
Floki wrote: »
I've just seen a big flock of starlings in the area.
That's the first sign around here.
Waiting on flocks of lapwing or Philippines as they're called around here for the next sign.
The Irish translation of lapwing is philibin.