You don’t need to be a scientist to find evidence of global warming. Gardener Lisa Furman has noticed signs of change in her own backyard.

Blossoming lilacs

About 20 years ago, Furman meticulously planted flowers and shrubs around her Connecticut home.

Furman: “I planted them in such a way that there would always be something blooming from late March, April through to September.”

She even chose some plants because they bloomed during a specific holiday. But over the years, Furman noticed something amiss.

Furman: “I planted some lilacs and I always knew that they came out around Mother’s Day – you know traditionally. And after living here for seven or eight years, I started to notice that the lilacs were blooming earlier.”

Soon she realized that the forsythia and wild roses had also shifted their bloom times by up two or three weeks.

Furman: “And seeing such a profound change in such a short period of time, kind of concerned me.”

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Furman is not alone in noticing this trend. Researchers have found that plants in the eastern U.S. bloomed earlier in 2010 and 2012 than at any point in recorded history.

So as Furman and many other gardeners know, climate change is affecting us here and now.

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