Magnolia as a climate marker

Every year for the past several I’ve stopped to take a photo of two magnificent Magnolia trees in a garden around the corner, on my usual dog-walking route to Beckenham Place Park.

Last year it occurred to me that these photos are all dated and that this might be able to tell me something about how the Spring was progressing. ¬†And so it seems. 2014 and 2015 seem to me to be about normal – with the Magnolia coming into flower in mid to late March. 2013 was a real anomaly as we had a very cold Spring which delayed everything. It wasn’t until a month later that the Magnolias burst into flower, although as they were so late they put on a fabulous show, as you can see. This year is another anomaly – this time in the other direction. The buds were already well formed by the first week of February. Whether they will last if we get a severe frost, who can tell.

Magnolias 7th February 2016
Magnolias 7th February 2016
Magnolias 22nd April 2013
Magnolias 22nd April 2013
Magnolias 15th March 2014
Magnolias 15th March 2014
Magnolias 28th March 2015
Magnolias 28th March 2015