Seasons around the World
by Barry Marshall on October 27th
The Brits have never really had it easy when it comes to the weather; we're renowned for complaining about it and it tends to be the first choice in conversation when you can't think of anything else to say. But how much do we really know about the four seasons and what effect they have on our flowers and plants?
As many of us might remember from our science lessons at school, it takes a whole year for the Earth to orbit around the sun just once. During this time, the seasons will change depending on the amount of sunlight exposed to the surface and the Earth's tilt as it revolves. When a hemisphere is tilted towards the sun it is exposed to more sunshine, otherwise known as the summer months, and winter occurs when a hemisphere is tilted away from the sun.
When it is summer in the northern hemisphere, the position of the Earth in relation to the sun means that it must be the winter in the southern hemisphere. The equator has no seasons because the sun will always be exposed to it and in general, the summer and winter temperatures will drop the further away from the equator they are.
Whilst certain flowers and plants require more extreme climates the general rule of thumb is that as long as there is light, water and soil, (carbon dioxide, pollen and manure can also be helpful!) flowers will grow. Hotter climates may have the heat and more light, but they will require more water; colder climates will likewise require more heat and light to let plant life flourish. Luckily for us, there will always be somewhere that has the perfect growing conditions for our flowers which means that come rain or shine, we get to enjoy all kinds of fauna, all year round.
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