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Mild weather brings out snowdrops earlier than expected at Painswick Rococo Garden

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

blooming: Snowdrops on the hidden slopes of the Rococo Gardens, Painswick. Inset, Paul Hervey-Brookes.

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SNOWDROPS have started to bloom at a garden in Painswick following a mild start to the new year.

With temperatures hovering around the 10C mark so far this January, dozens of the white flowers have emerged earlier than expected at Rococo Garden.

Paul Hervey-Brookes, garden adviser at Rococo, said: "They usually start to bloom around the second week of January and the last to flower finish by the end of March.

"But because it has been mild this year so far, they have been tricked into thinking it is later in January than it is, and they have started to come out."

Temperatures are predicted to plummet in Gloucestershire this week, but Paul says the snowdrops will survive.

He said: "The cold weather will not kill them, it will just stop their bloom, and then they will continue when it starts to get milder."

Forecasters are predicting a progressive drop in temperature as the week goes on, with a night time low of -1C possible by Thursday.

There should be a let up for areas affected by flooding, as no heavy rain is predicted.

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