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Daisies Under Threat From Climate Change!

April 30, 2021

By Paul Homewood



h/t Ian Magness


Where do they dredge up these dolts?

From the Telegraph:




Perhaps somebody should tell Dr Dines the difference between “weather” and “climate”!


Spring last year was a dry one, but there is nothing at all unusual in that, and there have been eight drier springs on record. Nor is there any sort of trend in spring rainfall:


  Shame on the increasingly absurd Telegraph, not to mention dopey Olivia Rudgard for printing this nonsense.

  1. Leedschris permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:14 am

    Well whoever wrote this should come and look at my part of West Yorkshire. Many gardeners and growers are commenting that we have never seen so many dandelions. Every verge, every grass area is covered in them. And for those that grow their own food on an allotment or small holding dandelions are a major menace…. Do you want dandelions on an allotment or people growing more of their own food?

    • April 30, 2021 12:52 pm

      Surely Paul has better things to do than continually write these obviously spoof articles?

      Nobody could possible believe they came from legitimate academics. Come on Paul, we’ve rumbled your little game! Back to real world studies

      • Carbon500 permalink
        April 30, 2021 3:26 pm

        Climatereason: Paul is in my view quite right right to publish these articles to remind us of the nonsense that the media constantly bombard us with. There’s no need to have any kind of scientific background to write the drivel that appears in newspapers or the biased propaganda that the BBC constantly regurgitates. I wonder how sanity will eventually prevail, if ever?

  2. Mad Mike permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:20 am

    I don’t know where these guys do their research but last year our perception was that the crop of dandelions was exceptional and fairly average this year. Up in North Wales, we’ve never seen so many violets and primroses. They really are ground covering and a delight. We don’t take much notice of daisies but there’s still lots in our lawn. Surely conditions for plants and of plants change quite naturally and it doesn’t seem an adequate use of research resources to verify this.

    • April 30, 2021 12:54 pm

      Here in the South West as well, the violets and primroses have been truly outstanding and the bluebells are shaping up for a long season as well due to the cool weather.

      • April 30, 2021 3:38 pm

        I totally agree. We have never seen so many wild flowers as so far this year.

  3. Gamecock permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:24 am

    ‘Perhaps somebody should tell Dr Dines the difference between “weather” and “climate”!’

    And the difference between spring flowers and WEEDS.

    • April 30, 2021 12:07 pm

      I always define a “weed” as something growing where you don’t want it. Just a note from your friendly neighborhood plant taxonomist in northern West Virginia.

      • Gamecock permalink
        April 30, 2021 2:06 pm

        That’s your officinale opinion?

      • Carbon500 permalink
        April 30, 2021 3:15 pm

        Our school biology teacher used to say: ‘A weed is an unwanted plant, There are no unwanted plants in my garden, therefore there are no weeds.’

      • May 1, 2021 12:02 pm

        Gamecock: As we grad students at UNC, Chapel Hill used to say, “with fronds like you, who needs anemones.”

  4. Mack permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:25 am

    Last Spring I had the best crop of Blubells in 20 years, those wild flowers that we were warned global warming would wipe out. Another bumper crop beckons. This Spring my lawns are covered in dandelions. They obviously didn’t get the memo. The bees are delighted, the missus less so.

  5. Peter Yarnall permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:33 am

    A few weeks ago, reacting to yet another nonsensical piece in the Telegraph, I sent the dopey Ms Rudgard a couple of scientific papers gleaned from this excellent website. No reply and certainly no variation in her greeny lefty dedication to “the cause”.
    I believe the poor child is totally brainwashed!

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:35 am

    The Celandine has been great this year – it prefers a damp habitat, so so much……….

    Dandelion patrols have been as necessary as ever, but lawn daisies tend to be more invasive in autumn than spring in my experience anyway.

    As an experienced gardener there is absolutely nothing unusual happening in my lifetime, but hey, I’m not an ‘expert’ botanist.

    BBC R5Live briefly mentioned this frosty April before heading into the ‘but the general trend is warmer, seasons all out of wack, animals, plants confused suffering’ mantra.

    Meanwhile the Argus is publishing even more climate garbage/propaganda/fiction.

    Despite a lot of the comments treating it with the disdain it deserves, some regard it as ‘proof’ !

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      April 30, 2021 12:53 pm

      Yet as the Met Office’s own graph shows, the only constant is thre’s no constant. Hardly any of the dots ae on ora round the average. Indeed the average on that chart is clealry sigficantly influenced by the very high levels at the start of the 1980s.

  7. April 30, 2021 11:38 am

    It just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

  8. April 30, 2021 11:43 am

    My dandelions are thriving!

  9. 2hmp permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:46 am

    Olivia Rudgard is a frequent purveyor of nonsense in the Telegraph. One wonders if she has another connection with the paper.

  10. April 30, 2021 11:49 am

    Anyone with an ounce of sense and knowledge of plants knows that daisies (and dandelions to some degree) need short-cut turf in which to thrive! Leaving lawns uncut will encourage some plants to grow, but not dandelions and daisies.

  11. April 30, 2021 12:00 pm

    October : ‘An uninhabitable hell’
    : UN (@UN) says climate change
    ‘doubled the rate’ of disasters
    By Olivia Rudgard

    January : Climate Change
    Pushes #BigCats to Hunt Other #Predators, Scientists Warn
    By Olivia Rudgard for the @Telegraph

  12. cookers52 permalink
    April 30, 2021 12:30 pm

    In the last few days daises have bloomed more than I have ever seen before.
    She needs to get out and about.

  13. April 30, 2021 12:39 pm

    My large garden is covered in cowslips; they increase every year popping up all over the place. I have now given over a corner of the lawn to them. Seem very happy with the climate (weather).

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    April 30, 2021 12:49 pm

    Looks suspiciously like a bit more during cooler periods and a bit less during warmer periods. Possibly due a turnaround about now.

  15. Patsy Lacey permalink
    April 30, 2021 12:52 pm

    We’re lucky enough to have a large garden Part of it is ancient woodland with a 400 year old oak. We interfere as little as possible whilst not letting it get stifled. This year has produced an amazing crop of celandines, snowdrops then wild narcissi then woodland anemones promised and violets. In the lawn we have an abundance of daisies and dandelions and yes we now it so that the children have somewhere to play.
    I cannot see any change over the years. The peach blossom came out on cue. Now the apple is smothered in flower.
    Just where do these people live to think that woods and gardens differ greatly from the past?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 30, 2021 2:18 pm

      My apples trees are only just stirring from hibernation thanks to the continual cold. No wind today which makes quite a difference but less sun so my heating will come on in the evening for one last time until autumn.

  16. Patsy Lacey permalink
    April 30, 2021 12:55 pm

    Sorry about dreaded predictive text. Promised should read primroses and now should read mow!

  17. Broadlands permalink
    April 30, 2021 12:58 pm

    Sleepy Joe is doing his part…

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Georgia on Thursday to meet with former President Jimmy Carter and hold a drive-in rally in Atlanta.

    As the Bidens left the White House and crossed the grassy area on the Ellipse, the president suddenly stopped to bend down. He picked a white puffy dandelion and handed it to the first lady.

    Saving the planet one dandelion at a time?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 30, 2021 2:22 pm

      And Dementia Joe then asked Mrs Dementia ‘what’s this? Isn’t it pretty, just like you. Remind me again, who are you?’

  18. Steve Budd permalink
    April 30, 2021 1:00 pm

    I dont know where they get their information from my Dads Garden was over run with Daisies, already this year there are more than i can count already. Climate change does not seem to affect my dads garden

  19. Crowcatcher permalink
    April 30, 2021 1:58 pm

    He should come and look at my “living” lawn, I have an excellent crop of daisies. I always feel a bit guilty when I mow it!

  20. April 30, 2021 3:36 pm

    My garden is full of the damn plants. As in ‘My old man’s a dustman’, they are very hard to weed out from amongst other plants.

  21. Stonyground permalink
    April 30, 2021 4:40 pm

    My mum has a large area of her garden that is covered with a mixture of wild and cultivated flowers. By late summer last year it looked spectacular.

  22. John Smith permalink
    April 30, 2021 11:37 pm

    I mowed my lawn last week for the first time this year. I cut the grass and all of the daisies. The daisies have all come back after a few days. Perhaps it just that Scottish daisies are bigger and stronger than the ones down in England.

  23. George Lawson permalink
    May 1, 2021 12:46 pm

    I wonder how they can be so specific as to say that Dandelions are down by 56 per cent and Daises by 40 per cent. By definition their figures must be nationally to be relevant, so I wonder who was tasked to count them, perhaps Dr.Trevor Dines might enlighten us.

  24. Stonyground permalink
    May 1, 2021 7:27 pm

    This post has been sloshing around my head while I have been busy in my garden and various questions have been bugging me. The article is such obvious bollocks that I can only conclude that modern botanists don’t know as much about basic biology as a secondary school student. Either that or they have no integrity whatsoever and have prostituted themselves for a place on the government’s taxpayer funded teat. Dandelions are absolutely thriving everywhere just now. Do you suppose that they might be mitigating the hardships of this unusually dry spring by having a massive carrot like root that reaches down to the moisture that remains from the recent soggy winter?

    The weather varies from year to year. Wet, dry, hot or cold, it is different from one year to the next. Is there anyone who has lived on planet earth for a decade or two that doesn’t know this? Fortunately plants know this and deal with it .

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