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March 2011

One week left...

Posted by Danielle Cowell on 25 March 2011
The mystery bulbs - tulips

Just one week left now for schools to send in their weather data. Many have done so already and are well on their way to receiving their super scientist certificates.

So far this week I've had 305 records sent in! The schools that have kept the best records will be put forward for selection for a chance to win a nature activity trip. The winner will be selected and announced next Thursday!

Flower reports have come in by now from all across Wales. I'm glad so many flowers have survived this cold winter. Some schools lost their daffodils to the frost - such a shame - but they will still receive their certificates for being such good scientists.

This year's mystery bulb is a tulip. I really like this one because it is so colorful.

On Sat the 2nd of April we are holding a nature activity day at St Fagans. Click the link and watch these short films about the bats and other fantastic animals living at St Fagans to find out more.



Day of the daffs

Posted by Danielle Cowell on 14 March 2011
Daffodil picture with adjusted colours.
My first daffodil opened on the 11/3/11. It is 40cm tall.
Can you name the parts of this flower?
9/3/11 Flower just starting to open.
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Hooray the daffs have arrived!

Reports from Ysgol Y Ffridd, Ysgol Nant Y Coed & Ysgol Cynfran. Mine too have opened and are as beautiful as ever.

See the charts and maps

I've taken some pictures. Please send in your pictures and don't forget to take part in the flower drawing competition. If you have half an hour of sunshine pop outside to do some sketches for your flowers.

See comments from schools below.

Many thanks

Professor Plant




Hocus Crocus!

Posted by Danielle Cowell on 3 March 2011
Crocus flowers so far...
Newly formed leaves on the shrubs
Daffodil bud
Tree blossom
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As if by magic crocus flowers have sprung up all over Wales!

Many opened during the half term holidays, so we should receive a lot more records - now the pupils are back in school.

Unusually, this year the crocus has been reported in Mid Wales before being reported in West Wales. Good news for Ysgol Glantwymyn who normally have to wait the longest for their flowers.

Read my letter to find out how to win a trip and earn your super scientist certificates.

No reports of daffodils yet - but I'm sure we will have a few sightings soon.

My daffodils have started to tilt their heads in preparation to flower. The trees in my garden have started to flower and grow leaves, soon their will be lots of colour in my garden. I can't wait! Lots of signs of spring at St Fagans too.

Let me know how your flowers are doing?

Professor Plant

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