Winter blooming Daffodils, Jonquils and Wintersweet

There is a pop of unexpected colour from early blooming flowers across the region caused by warmer soil temperatures.

Daffodils, Jonquils and Wintersweet are flowering earlier than usual. Roses which should be defoliating are still producing shoots and shouldn't begin any new growth until spring.

Winter gardens: Rod Hoare and Helena Warren don't recall daffodils flowering in mid-winter.

Winter gardens: Rod Hoare and Helena Warren don't recall daffodils flowering in mid-winter.

It also means that grasses are continuing to grow.

Rod Hoare and Helena Warren's say it is the earliest that they have seen the King Alfred Daffodil flower.

"This new growth on plants is driven by soil temperature but they'll get bitten by the frost if there one," Ms Warren said.

At 'Cadfor Murray Greys', at Binda Mr Hoare and Ms Warren use the southern soil moisture network to help guide management decisions like planting crops.

In July 2018, temperatures at ten centimetres ranged from 5-8 degrees, while this year temperatures at the same time have been higher. July has recorded temperatures mainly around 8-9 degrees. The coolest was on June 22 at 5.9 degrees, but then the soil started heating up again.

Daffodils are a sign that spring is right around the corner.

"It has happened in the past, but not this early for a while," horticulturist Courtney Haywood Whipp said.

"They [Daffodils] shouldn't be flowering this early, they should be forming their buds and their flower buds will emerge but not open.

Ms Haywood-Whipp also said the Soleil d'or Jonquil, a cluster of star-like bright yellow flowers, flower mid to late winter have also bloomed about ten days early.

"Wintersweet is out, which is normally out later in winter or late July."

"Roses would normally be completely defoliated by now and I'm cutting off nice blooms and that's quite late."

With the warmer soil temperatures, people may see the flowering quince - 'Chaenomeles' - open early, as well as Viburnum.

"Flowers will bloom for the same amount of time, however, may finish earlier," Ms Haywood Whipp said.

Brett Wright, manager at Fertspread, said its mostly positive news for producers.

"I was in the paddock this morning and was pleasantly surprised," Mr Wright.

"We haven't been getting huge amounts of rain in Gunning, but the showers are keeping the frost away. If you have a reasonable pasture you should be seeing a pretty good pick.

"Some people are putting nitrogen on production paddocks and capitalising on a bit of growth. That protein will boost levels and growth."