WHILE it might not feel that way to some, this year’s winter has been mild enough for a local man to make a surprising discovery in his garden.
Ron Tyler, of Wright Crescent, noticed earlier this month that he had a cowslip – a plant which normally flowers around March – in his garden.
The onset of frost from the middle of December has so far proved no match for the hardy flower.
Ron told the Free Press that the plant had grown “a couple of weeks ago”, but had started to look a little weak before we snapped a picture of it.
It is a far cry from last year’s icy winter, which was the coldest in Britain for 100 years with an average temperature of -1 degree celsius.
The average temperature nationally so far this year for December is 5.1 degrees celsius.