Plants are flowering and bulbs are emerging in gardens across Scotland as this year’s warmer winter continues.
After the weather flipped from storm-force gales to balmy temperatures in less than a week, the nation’s flowers have been left somewhat confused.
The fragrance of flowers is in the air at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, while many other parks and gardens are experiencing a rare flurry of colour for December.
“The perfume, the cinnamon honey fragrance from the viburnum and its small white flowers is incredible,” said David Knott, curator of the Living Collection at the Royal Botanic Garden. “You really get it in the gardens. It is beautiful and the iris is in flower as well.
“The plants do become confused. The winter flowering plant species can flower sporadically over the winter months because our Scottish winters tend to be stop start. But just now they are flowering better than we have seen for a while.”
Temperatures in Scotland have actually been warmer at night than in daylight hours, according to the Met Office.
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