Driving to the DARG meeting at Uplowman, nearTiverton, last Sunday, I observed many areas densely packed with dandelion flowers. At the meeting Kay Thomas was displaying her records of the weather/ temperature and flowering times of bee-friendly plants over many years on foolscap graph paper! That shows you how far back the records go!
Kay’s records confirm my memory that, back in the olden days, 40 years ago, the peak dandelion time was around St George’s Day (23rd April), but nowadays it’s usually a month earlier than that. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that ‘global warming’ is to blame but possibly it might be something to do with solar radiation and/or the sunspot cycle.