Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Touch Giant Hogweed

And what to do if you come into contact with it.

Image result for HogweedIf you thought coming down with a case of poison oak was bad, keep an eye out for giant hogweed. Although giant hogweed may be pretty to look at, this beast of a plant is bad news. The carrot cousin has umbrella-shaped white flower clusters—think yarrow or Queen Anne’s lace, but way bigger—and can grow up to two and a half feet wide and 14 feet tall.

PLANT WARNING: Invasive species giant hogweed can cause burning, even blindness to those who come into contact with its sap

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 17, 2018

Recently spotted in Clarke County, Virginia, giant hogweed spreads without borders. The clear watery sap of giant hogweed is a force to be reckoned with, containing carcinogenic and teratogenic elements, which in turn can cause cancer and birth defects. In fact, it’s so harmful to humans that it’s been named a noxious weed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The plant grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards, and roadsides, and has already been found in states in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, with a sighting in North Carolina.

If you think you’ve come in contact with giant hogweed, immediately wash the affected area with soap and cold water. Carefully remove all clothing that may have come in contact with the plant and wash thoroughly. Keep the exposed area out of the sunlight for at least 48 hours. If the sap gets into your eyes, rinse with water and wear sunglasses. Immediately see a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.

Eradication of giant hogweed requires physically removing it while wearing protective clothing. Whatever the case, do not use a weed whacker to remove the plant; this will cause sap to spatter and spread. If you find what looks like giant hogweed in your area, report sightings here.

How to Trim A Christmas Tree

Image result for trimmed christmas treeIn the movies, trimming the tree is a treasured family pastime. Everyone gathers with mugs of cocoa as mom leads a round of Christmas carols and dad helps a little one place the star on top (perfectly straight, of course).

In reality, the lights are a tangled mess, the ornaments are cluttered, and the garland is in the fireplace where it always belonged.

This is where people like Kathleen Neave, owner of Neave Décor, come in. As a professional decorator, she specializes in the holidays, stepping in to deck the halls of homes and businesses in the Hudson Valley area. “Everyone wants a Christmas tree, but nobody has the time or energy to do it these days,” she says. “It’s a lot of work, and when you have two parents with careers, it can be hard.”

To help make the experience joyful, and create a storybook looking tree, we asked Neave and Thomas Harman, the founder and CEO of Balsam Hill, makers of gorgeous artisanal Christmas trees, for tips on decorating like a pro.

Pick Your Placement

Chances are, you put your tree the same place every year without even thinking — between the windows, perhaps, or by the fireplace. But this year, take a minute to reevaluate and consider some less traditional — but perhaps more convenient — spaces. There’s no rule, after all, that says you have to side-step branches every time you walk through the living room.

“The best place for your tree is wherever you have extra room — remember, you’re going to have to fit presents under it, too,” says Neave. “We do a lot of slim trees tucked near the staircase, and even in entryways. If the room is too crowded, the tree will never look good.” 

Choose Your Theme

Christmas tree décor is a highly personal affair. Some like to cover every inch with homemade ornaments, while others prefer a more edited approach. Some insist on uniform white lights, while others insist these control freaks are out to ruin Christmas. Whatever your preference, choose one approach and commit fully. 

“You can’t please everyone,” says Neave. “Decide if you want to do traditional or modern or whatever you’d like, and then stick with it — if you try to do it all, everything will compete for attention.” 

Torn between cute and chic? Why not decorate two trees? According to the American Christmas Tree Association, over 10 percent of households have more than one tree. “Most people keep the more formal tree in the living room,” explains Harman. “And then the eclectic one, with say, handmade ornaments, in the family room where the Xbox lives.”

Plan Your Lights

How many lights do you need? No matter how big the tree, the answer is always the same: one more string than you have on hand. Harman has a rule for determining the perfect amount of twinkle, and it’s beautifully simple: “You want to about 100 lights per foot of tree,” he says. “That a good starting point.”  And, if like Balsam Hill you go crazy for lights, continue to load them up. 

As for actually hanging the lights, start at the top and be sure to tuck them deep inside the branches says Neave. This will not only hide pesky wires, but snuggled-in lights provide a cozier glow.

Layer In Ornaments 

Once the lights are on, it’s time to hang the ornaments. The secret here is mixing things up.

“You want a variety of ornament sizes to add depth to your tree,” says Neave.  Harman agrees. He says in addition to various sizes, try ribbons and floral picks to add some contrast and really dress the tree up. His tip: Add ribbons after the lights go on.

“As for placement, the same rule applies — you want a good mix. Don’t hang them all on the outer branches,” says Neave. “To start, place the most important ornaments at eye level so more people will see them,” says Harman. Next, add decoration to the top tier of the tree. The bottom, he says, is reserved for ornaments that aren’t precious, meaning if they break, it won’t be the end of the world.  As far as the back of the tree? “That’s where you hide your least favorites, like ones your aunt gave you, he says.”

While placing always make sure to take size into account says Neave. Place larger, heavier ornaments on thicker interior branches, and more delicate decorations on branch ends (being mindful, of course, that these might be reachable by little hands and paws). 

To prevent precious ornaments from being knocked off your tree, use floral wire from a craft store to secure them on says Harman. Run the wire through the ornament, and fasten it to the tree. 

As you go, make sure to take a few steps back every so often to evaluate gaps and overcrowding.

Edible Pansies Make These Desserts Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Pansies stand for thought or remembrance, which is fitting: not only do they make a memorable bouquet, but a handful can also take a dessert from ordinary to unforgettable. Pansies and their relatives violas have a mild, fresh flavor or a more prominent wintergreen taste depending on the variety and how much you eat (a whole flower tastes stronger than petals alone). You should only eat flowers that are grown organically, without chemical pesticides, which rules out almost everything from florists, garden centers, and nurseries.

If you plan to consume pansies, look for them at farmers’ markets or in the produce aisle of a specialty grocery store, order them from an edible-flower source, or follow Martha’s lead and grow pansies yourself. Once you stock up, try using the beautiful blossoms in all kinds of sweet applications: perch a bouquet on top of a cake, bake them into cookies or tarts, candy them until they sparkle, adorn drinks with them, you name it.



Image result for Chocolate Truffle Cakes with Fresh PansiesChocolate Truffle Cakes with Fresh Pansies

As if a rich ganache coating weren’t luscious enough, these triple-decker chocolate cakes are topped with intense jewel-toned pansies. 

Pansy Cookies

Each of these dainty scalloped cookies is decorated with a pansy and a sprinkling of sanding sugar before baking, which turns them absolutely radiant. Pack in elegant tins and gift to family or friends.

Pansy Tartlets

Perfect for afternoon tea, these lemon-curd tartlets have pansies beneath the glossy, clear apricot glaze; pansy leaves are scattered across the cake stand, and a little bouquet sits at the center.

Watermelon Punch

A colorful assortment of pansies floats on top of this icy treat that teams puréed watermelon with white vermouth. More of a slushy than a punch, it makes a light, refreshing dessert in spring or summer.

Crystallized Violas

Candied flowers like these Johnny-jump-ups can make any dessert pretty enough to serve as a centerpiece. The white grid on this magnificent cake was piped with a #2 round tip over a smooth coating of lavender buttercream.

Vanilla Pansy Cake with Orange-Blossom Syrup

Moist vanilla-bean cake gets three embellishments here: it’s brushed with a fragrant orange-flower syrup while still warm, topped with sugared pansies, and served alongside a velvety honey mousse.

These Dove Orchids Have a Surprise Hiding in Their Petals

dove orchids flower look alike

You’ll never guess what they smell like.

Take a closer look, as this flower’s natural mimicry is easy to miss. Hidden inside the bloom of the Peristeria elata, you’ll find a structure that resembles a white dove in flight.

According to the American Orchid Society, these orchids date back to 1831, when they first bloomed in England. Today, they’re mostly found in South America, specifically Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Brazil.

At peak bloom, the bulb can grow between four and 20 petals, which surround a second, inner petal formation that gives this orchid its name. The orchid is so striking and is located around open, grassy areas, often making them the target of flower-pickers passing through. Unfortunately, this activity has landed this orchid on endangered lists within its natural habitats.

This flower is so sweet, its good looks have landed it a spot at Panama’s national flower. But they don’t just look pretty, they also put off a delicious scent that’s been compared to beer. (Hey, if there’s a market for beer-scented candles, surely someone would be into this hoppy bouquet.) According to “Orchids of Tropical America: An Introduction and Guide,” this vague beer scent is known to appeal to bees, which encourages pollination.

The flowers are mostly white or light yellow in color, usually featuring red or pink spots throughout the petals. But you don’t have to take a trip to see these orchids in person. Unlike the parrot flower, Darth Vader flower, or monkey orchid, you can grow them from the comfort of home. A few tips: They love temperatures between 60- and 70-degrees Fahrenheit with partial shade and should be potted with a 1:1 ratio of leaf mold and peat moss.

Recipe: Flower Cupcakes with Lemon

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  • 1 organic lemon 
  • 150 g of soft butter
  • 120 g of sugar
  • 3 eggs (class M)
  • 180 g of flour
  • 1 gest. Tl baking powder


  • 200 g soft butter
  • 150 g of powdered sugar
  • 3 El Lemoncurd (from the glass)


  • 12 sugar flowers


1. Wash the lemon, dry and finely grate the skin. Squeeze out the lemon and catch the juice.

2. For the dough, beat soft butter, lemon zest, 60 g sugar, and 3 egg yolks with the whisk of the hand mixer for about 3 minutes until frothy.

3. Beat egg whites with remaining sugar until stiff.

4. Sift the flour and baking powder onto the butter mass. Mix the egg white with a whisk.

5. Lay the muffin dish with paper cups, pour the dough into a piping bag and distribute evenly in the paper cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a preheated oven (top / bottom heat 190 degrees / circulating air 170 degrees).

6. Take the cupcakes out of the mold while still warm and allow to cool on a wire rack. Brush the lemon juice on the cupcakes.

7. For the cream, beat the very soft butter until fluffy, pour in the sieved powdered sugar. For the shot Lemoncurd underlaid Fill the cream in a piping bag with a large star spout and squirt a thick speckle on each cupcake and garnish with sugar flowers.

Prefer early flowering in autumn: how it works

When is the right time to plant the flower bulbs?

Timely planning for the so-called driving of flower bulbs is important. Should the flowers already around Christmas around or open in January, the culture must already in early October begin. For a flower in February is planted around mid-October, for a still later flowering in November is enough for planting.

Flower bulbs need cold and dark to grow

While most plants react to heat and light, onions need cold and dark to get a growth impulse. In the process of pushing through the normal hibernation of the plants is broken by a few simple tricks and thus the natural flowering time advanced by several weeks.

Drainage layer protects against waterlogging

Flower bulbs do not tolerate waterlogging. Therefore, the onions or tubers should be planted in a shallow dish or a spacious pot with drainage holes. In the lower part of a drainage layer Chippings, fine gravel or clay pot shards and then fill the vessel about halfway with substrate. Well suited is mixed with sand flower or garden soil (one part sand on two parts earth).

The right planting depth for flower bulbs

Place large onions, such as daffodils or hyacinths, with their tips up close to the substrate and fill with soil until they are half to two thirds thick. For smaller onions, such as blue oysters or snowdrops, fill the plant container with substrate almost to the brim. The onions are inserted at a small distance one to two centimeters deep.

Plant pots in the basement or outside store

In order to simulate winter conditions in the plants, water the planted containers well and first place them cool and dark. They can be stored, for example, in the cold cellar or buried in the garden in a sheltered, shady spot in the ground. Outdoors, cover the planters with a spruce sprig and make sure that they get as little rain as possible.

Time for budding after about three months

Enlarge image The cooler the plants are in the house, the longer they will bloom.

After about three months, then the actual driving can begin. The vessels are brought to the light and into the heat. The temperature may only be increased gradually, otherwise it may lead to growth disorders. Initially, the bulbs and tubers should be placed at no more than ten to twelve degrees. Only after one to two weeks, when the shoot tips have already developed vigorously, the temperature can continue to rise.

With increasing temperatures, the flowers have to be watered: at first only sparingly, with increasing heat stronger. They do not need fertilizer at this time. After a short time the flower buds push themselves upwards. The flowering time lasts the longer, the cooler the plants are.

Image result for liliesSpecially prepared lilies can be planted all year round

Lilies can be driven throughout the year. As a rule, however, success is only achieved with prepared, previously cooled onions, which are offered commercially. They are placed deep in high-walled planters: at least twice as deep as they are high. For growing temperatures between 12 to 15 degrees are particularly favorable for the flower bud. Only Osterlilie and Prachtlilie tolerate about 18 degrees a little more heat. The soil should always be slightly damp evenly. Prepared onions do not require refrigeration for several months.

What to do after flowering?

When the flowers have withered, cut them off and cultivate the bulbs or tubers in a not too warm place. Now you should mix the dewater sparingly dosed fertilizer, so that the storage organs can regenerate. Once the leaves turn yellow, remove the onions from the siphon and store until autumn or plant in the garden. Once driven flower bulbs should better not be used again in the next year to drive, as the driving costs the onions extraordinary strength.

Drive hyacinths in special glasses

The Hyazinthentreiberei has become fashionable in special glasses. In the bowl-shaped opening of the siphon, put specially prepared onions, which are available on the market, and fill up so much water that it reaches just below the bottom of the onion.

Prefer hyacinths in glass

They smell intense and with their bright colors are true messengers of spring: hyacinths. The plants are easy to care for, can grow indoors and outdoors and need little attention. From hyacinth bulbs can be easily produce beautiful and fragrant decorations. The onion flowers can be simply preferred in vases or glasses.

Image result for hyacinthsThis is how it works: pull hyacinths yourself

  • There are several ways to grow hyacinths: in special hyacinth glass from the trade and in containers made of PET bottles. Waxed hyacinth bulbs do not require water and can be used immediately as decoration.

  • To make a hyacinth glass from a PET bottle, we need a 0.5 liter water bottle.

  • The bottle is cut into three parts with a cutter. First cut directly under the bottleneck. The second cut is about one centimeter above the indentation. The closure is not needed. The upper part is turned over and cut so that the Hyacinth bulb safely holds in it.

  • Then this part is fixed with adhesive film on the lower part.

  • If hyacinth bulbs with a larger diameter are available, it is sufficient to remove the upper area.

  • Then place the hyacinth bulbs in a container and fill the bottom of the glass – or bottle – with water. So they start to drive roots and grow.

  • The color of the flower can be read on the onion skin. A dark peel is a sure sign of a dark bloom. Whether it turns blue, pink or red, but can not say for sure.

  • The bright onion peel gives the certainty that the flower will be white. Attention: The consumption of hyacinth bulbs is harmful to health, as the plants are poisonous!

  • There are also hyacinths whose roots are surrounded by a wax coat, which can be placed in any decorative glass. It does not need water.

Prefer hyacinth bulbs in glass

Instructions: Make paper hat

  • Place a round object, for example a plate, on the back of strong wrapping paper, paint around with a pencil and cut out.


  • Find the center of the circle and cut the paper from the outer edge to the middle.


  • Make a hat from the paper and stick together or tack with a tacker.

This is how it works: Put an untreated hyacinth bulb in a glass and fill it with water. The water level should be such that the bulb stands on the water surface. Then an eight- to twelve-week cooling phase begins in the dark cellar or refrigerator. A little hat made of glossy paper can decoratively protect the onion from light. The trade also keeps prepared, ie pre-chilled, onions ready. These are warm and dark – also powered by Papierhütchen – driven. Darkening promotes root growth. Depending on the room temperature, leaves and inflorescences grow quickly.

Check water level regularly

It is important to check the water level regularly. When the first roots have formed, it should be changed: the onion must then have no contact with the water, only the roots are still immersed. If the roots have developed well, the cap can be removed. Tip: Aquarium water contains many nutrients and is great for pushing. Alternatively, a few drops of liquid fertilizer can be added.

The hyacinth bulb can also be two-thirds in a flowerpot with peat-free potting soil to be planted. Also in this method, the above-described cooling phase is necessary. The soil should be kept moist but not wet.

Decorate the home

If buds have formed, the home can be decorated with hyacinths. If you like, plant them together with other flowering plants in a colorful bowl. However, the driven plants should not be placed outdoors. The frost would hurt them.

Trend: Hyacinth bulbs in wax coat

For those who prefer being too expensive, the flower shop offers a practical alternative: waxed hyacinth bulbs. These can be immediately decorated in the apartment without the procedure described above. You do not need any further care, not even water. They prefer a sunny location.

Related imageIntense odor can cause allergies

The open flowers of the plants exude an intense fragrance that is not for everyone in closed rooms. Sensitive individuals may experience allergic inflammation of the eyelids. Only when the hyacinths have faded, the intense smell ends. Important to know: The plants are poisonous when consumed by humans and animals.

Keep onions after flowering

Enlarge image If the soil is frost-free, hyacinth bulbs can be planted in the bed in spring.

Ripe for the bio bin the bulbs are not after blooming. Hyacinths, which have so far grown without soil, can be planted in a flower pot. Carefully remove the wax layer on the waxed onions. Place the potted plants in a frost-free and bright place until about mid-March and continue to supply them with water. When the time of ice and snow in the garden is over, the plants can be planted in the bed, about ten centimeters deep.



flores primavera ferratumThe month of February is coming to an end. We are already preparing to welcome March, the third month of the year. March arrives full of festivals such as Father’s Day or Holy Week, we also find ourselves with a rise in temperatures, the cold is gradually disappearing from our lives and we can enjoy new colors, smells and sensations. The days lengthen and the nights are shorter, in the end spring begins.

He wants you to enjoy spring and that is why he offers you quick personal loans that will accompany you in your spring plans.

With our immediate loans , you will receive this new season with open arms. In addition, they will also allow you to make those purchases that you need so much. Seasonal clothes and everything you need to adapt to the weather.

Characteristics of spring:

To understand a little better what is spring we will know some of its main characteristics:

Climate : The typical climate of spring is temperate, in the northern hemisphere it appears between the months of March and June, while in the south it occurs around September 22 and ends on December 22.
Therefore when in the northern hemisphere it is spring in the south it is autumn and vice versa.

Agriculture : Spring is the preferred season for farmers and gardeners. The month of May is officially the month of flowers.
Therefore, spring is the ideal period to grow plants and fill the garden with beautiful flowers.

Literature : Spring not only affects climate and nature, it also plays an important role in literature. Various poets and writers have used this station as a stylistic resource, in numerous metaphors, as a symbol of fertility and youth, of freshness. The beauty of its colors places the space of spring as one of the moments of greatest creative inspiration.
The expression “being in the prime of life” alludes in a certain way to spring and what this season represented a few years ago for romantic writers or naturalists, freshness, youth, the fleeting moment, which is not withered.

Equinox: When the sun is closer to the plane of the equator, the equinox phenomenon occurs. Night and day merge for a moment. This event occurs twice a year. With the equinox, sunlight shines in the same way on both hemispheres. The equinoxes define the seasonal changes of the year and correspond to the spring equinox and the autumn equinox.
Spring is one of the four seasons that is one year old. It appears after winter and precedes summer.
The season of spring begins with the spring equinox, which occurs between March 20 and 21 in the northern hemisphere and between September 21 and 23 in the southern hemisphere. And it ends with the summer solstice, approximately June 21 in the north and December 21 in the south.

With spring the days start to be longer reaching 12 hours. The days lengthen progressively as the summer season approaches.

Temperatures also increase progressively although rains are frequent. In spring the precipitations are irregular and usually appear in the form of storms and showers. Residual cold air masses are also common at this time of the year so it is common to find constant temperature changes.

The trees, bare and discolored, turn green again. The deciduous leaf is characteristic of trees in spring. As the days go by, the flowers will gradually bloom, filling everything with joy, light and color.

Although the spring landscape is beautiful flowers bring with them pollen, the main enemy of people suffering from allergies or asthma. The months of April and May, with spring, not only bring beautiful things like the sun, flowers or evenings drinking something on a terrace with friends. It also brings sneezing, itching and many headaches.

Another important aspect in the spring is fashion. The trends change completely with the arrival of this new station. After the winter sales season spring novelties arrive, new trends and styles fill the stores of different colors. Changes in temperature and the arrival of the sun prompts us to renew our wardrobe. The spring season is installed on the catwalks and also in our cupboards. Large advertising campaigns for clothing and accessories carry the word “SPRING” as part of their slogan.

Where does the spring name come from?

The term spring is derived from Latin, and is composed of premium that comes from “primer” and verra “verdor” and literally means “The first verdor” obviously refers to the time of year in which it is located, which, after gray days , rainy and cold, the earth fills with bright colors, the heat appears little by little and the plants bloom. Spring is also synonymous with vitality, light, color and joy.

It’s the season of being outdoors, of doing sports, of having direct contact with nature. Take something on a terrace, have a picnic on the shore of a beautiful river. There are thousands of plans that arise with the arrival of spring. Devote these days of good weather to leave. Visit your favorite places, take walks in the park, visit animals at the zoo, make small excursions to the countryside.

Plans for this spring

Are you already preparing to receive spring? A change of season always brings other changes. The weather, the schedules, the environment, the fashion, the plans …
With the spring the plans increase, the sun begins to heat with more force and little by little the days are getting longer. The terraces of the bars begin to get crowded, the same happens with the parks. Outdoor activities are increasing and shopping centers, cinemas and theaters also accommodate a larger number of people.
Spring weather invites us to go out, have a drink with friends, have dinner and then watch a movie.

Apply for a quick credit with Ferratum and choose the leisure plan that best suits your lifestyle. Travel, theater, cafes and restaurants. Do not forget that the best plans come up suddenly and you always have to be prepared to say “yes” to a good plan. Do not let money be a problem. Get your money now , from € 50 to € 700, to pay between 5 and 45 days. In 15 minutes you will have the credit online in your account. Apply now for your quick credits online and take advantage of every minute of your free time. Not everything in life are obligations, it is always good that you devote part of your time to rest and fun.

What do you like to do in the spring? What are your preferred plans?
Just in case you still have some doubt Ferratum brings you some ideas:

5 plans to enjoy the good pre-spring weather

  1. Leisure and culture:

Culture is increasingly present in the free time of the Spanish.

3 out of 4 Spaniards use online discounts for their leisure plans, this shows that leisure is an important aspect of human life and that, moreover, we can find more and more offers in this sector.
Culture and leisure are related, going to a concert, to the cinema to see a movie or to the theater to enjoy a good play or a musical are very popular weekend plans. The billboards are updated weekly and the offer of concerts is very wide, being able to attend different shows depending on personal taste. In addition, it is increasingly common to spend the weekend visiting the best museums in Spain.

Cinema, theater, painting, sculpture, music … What plan do you choose?

  1. Travels:

On weekends, father’s day, Easter holidays …
There are quite a few dates that are approaching and you can take advantage of each of them to make a short break. Change of scene, know new environments, tradition, gastronomy …
Prepare your car before traveling if you are going to move by road, this is an essential aspect that you can not neglect. The company is also important. Give a romantic trip to your partner or take the family to spend a relaxing weekend. The important thing is to disconnect and get to know new cultures and places. You can travel abroad or know the best towns in Spain, which are ideal for these weekend getaways.

  1. Plan at home:

We still have a few days of cold and rain and to combat this time it is best to make a good plan at home.
Invite your friends to eat or organize a dinner with the family. It may be a good time for you to demonstrate your culinary skills. There is nothing more satisfying than preparing the best dishes yourself and sharing them with your loved ones. Surely you will surprise them! If you do not know what to cook, prepare the best Italian pasta dishes, it is an easy and quick meal to prepare and everyone likes it.

  1. Terraces, bars :

With good weather, what you really want is to have a snack outdoors in good company. The establishments are aware of this and that is why bars and restaurants enable an outdoor space in which they place tables and chairs so that customers can have their drinks and eat while enjoying the sun and the warm wind of spring and summer. summer.

Organize a hangout with your friends on a Saturday afternoon and have a coffee in the best outdoor cafes in Spain.

  1. Restaurants :

Any plan can start with a dinner at your favorite restaurant.

Sometimes the best gift is a dinner in an exclusive place, a cozy restaurant where you enjoy an unforgettable lunch or dinner. If you like tranquility you may be interested in visiting one of the many clandestine restaurants that exist in Spain. You can find cheap restaurants where the food is exquisite and the treatment is unbeatable, sometimes it is better to avoid expensive restaurants after dinner to be able to make other plans such as dancing, going to the theater or going to the movies.

With our immediate loans you can make exciting and fun plans, dinner nights in a good restaurant with friends and mornings of food at home preparing yourself the best dishes. You will also have the opportunity to organize an incredible party, go out to see a good play or stay in the afternoon for coffee and chat with friends.

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It blooms so beautifully – spring in the middle of November

The winter snowball is blooming – in the middle of November. He usually does that only in January. And also with other plants one can now see buds. November, with temperatures between 11 and 15 degrees, feels like spring to them.

Hardly humid low pressure areas

Image result for Schleswig-Holstein flowersSchleswig-Holstein has been almost permanently under the influence of high pressure since April. The result: Too warm weather for our latitudes and little chance for humid low pressure areas. November was up to four degrees too warm. This is due to a high, which is always over Eastern Europe, as diploma meteorologist Meeno Schrader says. “In contrast, there is a low pressure area over Ireland and the North Atlantic, between the two there is wind and a southern current, the warm air from the Mediterranean to us again and again,” said the NDR weather expert. The depression above the North Atlantic does not have the strength to reach Germany. Meeno Schrader suspects that long-term heat and low rainfall is an effect of climate change.

Facts, figures and facts for summer 2018

  • May surprised the meteorologists. There were significantly more hours of sunshine than the average of the past ten years.

  • By contrast, June did not surprise.

  • There were many hours of sunshine in July, but no new top values ‚Äč‚Äčthis year. However, the comparison on average over the past ten years was significant.

  • Over 200 hours of sunshine brought August, …

  • … much less the September. But compared to the ten-year average, there were more hours of sunshine in 2018.

  • In May of this year it rained considerably less than the average of the past ten years.

  • Also in June it was often dry. It fell throughout the month 33.8 liters per square meter.

  • More than a quarter less rain than the average of the past ten years fell in July.

  • August was more changeable with significantly more precipitation than in the months before.

  • That changed again in September – it fell 46.2 liters per square meter.

  • In May, the average temperature was well above the ten-year average.

  • June was warmer than last.

  • As in May, the temperature was above average in July of this year.

  • This trend continued in August.

  • No big deviations brought the September.

Too little rain

Impact that feels especially the botany. Many plants have saved their energies in the extremely hot and dry summer. In order to preserve their style, they give their all in this spring-like November. “They drive flowers again, try to be pollinated, but it will not help them because the fruit is not ripe,” explains Martin Nickol of the Botanical Garden Kiel. Also problematic: it hardly rains anymore. The floors are, especially in lower layers, dust-dry. That sets plants and trees.

Freezing temperatures from next week

With spring in the autumn, it will be over from next week. From Wednesday on, the meteorologists in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg expect snow or snow grit. At temperatures around the freezing point, there is a risk of smoothness. However, the probability of precipitation remains low.