Britain basks as summer time begins
Sunday 25 March 2012
A magnolia tree in full bloom was the very symbol of spring yesterday in Kensington, west London, as millions of Britons around the country enjoyed temperatures at least 8C warmer than normal for the time of year. Porthmadog in North Wales saw the warmest temperature, 21.7C, making it hotter than Madrid.
And yesterday's fine weather came on the eve of British Summer Time, with the clocks having gone forward an hour today.
The flowers of the magnolia tree have symbolised late spring's warmer weather for centuries. The tree is one of nature's survivors, coming from a group of plants that go back at least 100 million years – surviving the Ice Age and outlasting the dinosaurs. Magnolia flowers were around before bees existed, and evolved to encourage pollination by beetles.
The magnolia was discovered by the French botanist Charles Plumier in 1703, who named a flowering tree from Martinique after the French naturalist Pierre Magnol.
It is one of the world's most popular trees, a common sight in churchyards and parks, and found in gardens all over the world. But would-be gardeners thinking of planting one need to be patient – it can take up to 20 years to produce flowers.
The magicians using online collaboration to push boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Ethan Couch: Texas quadruple murderer – or a victim of ‘affluenza’?
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >
£25000 - £32000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Business Analyst - Banking...
£21999 - £27001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Do you have exten...
£25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Business Analy...
£42000 - £51000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Are You Receiving...