I don’t need a scientist to tell me global warming is happening. Rosy the rose bush tells me, as do Rhody the rhododendron bush, my precious Camellia, and numerous other neighborhood plants.
Our first winter snow and ice storm came and went from December 8 to 10 of 2016. The roses are still blooming all over Portland Oregon, as are the rhododendrons, the camellia’s and dozens of other flowers that normally wait until spring.
The camellia’s are the exception to a degree. Forty years ago, they bloomed in March and April. Eighteen years ago, a few buds would burst forth in mid to late January. Now they’re blossoming in late November and early December.
Something’s wrong here. I’ll go with global warming.