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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Flowering in the Loire valley

It's May 21st 2011 and the vines have burst into flower in Anjou and all around the Loire valley. About a month ahead of 2010, this is the earliest recorded flowering since 1893 according to local experts. It's turning out to be a very dry year, not only for the vineyards but also for local farmers who are struggling to keep fruit and vegetables going because of the lack of water. Vines are pretty resistant to water stress but can shut down and cease to develop if the situation becomes very severe.

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