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22/01/19<br />
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Garden curator Rebecca Emery (26) records the early flowering of a mature 'Robyn' rhododendron at Lea Garden, near Matlock, Derbyshire. <br />
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Garden and collection owner Pete Tye said: "This variety  normally flowers in mid-March but is flowering at least two weeks earlier than usual due to the unusual warm start to spring - it's the earliest we've seen them flower since we began keeping records fifteen years ago.<br />
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"It's great to see the signs of spring and hopefully the winter is behind us now, but a frost could be catastrophic for the flowers."<br />
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Lea Gardens opens to the public on March 1st.<br />
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