One of the best things about spring is the huge array of flowers that begin to bloom. Some are even hardy enough to flower through the late snow.
Here is a guide to the flowers you are most likely to see over the next few months….
One of the earliest spring flowers to bloom in the run-up to spring is the
winter aconite, which can arrive in early January and often lasts through snow and frost.
Snowdrops follow soon after and can be seen to be poking through thawing snow. Both of these early flowers can be found in woodlands in great numbers.
Daffodils are always an indicator that spring is well and truly on its way. Although they can be seen as early as January, they are more common around February and March. The beautiful yellow flowers can be seen growing in hedgerows at the roadside, in meadows and in woodland.
The primrose arrives in late February and, while it was once a popular flower in woodlands and meadows, there are now a lot fewer around. This has led to them becoming endangered. It is now illegal to pick wild primroses in the UK.
The crocus is another staple of the British scenery in spring. They can be found in woodlands, scrubland and meadows. They can be planted in gardens to brighten up early spring flowerbeds before the majority of other flowers bloom. You’ll find them flowering in February and March.
In March tulips will start to show. These bright, beautiful spring flowers come in all colours and can be left to flower or used as long-lasting cut flowers.
Scilla bloom in March and, although they are commonly blue, they can appear in pinks, whites and purples. They can be found growing in woodlands, meadows and cliff tops.
Across grasslands and river meadows you can see snakeshead fritillary. These beautiful pinkish-purple flowers have mottled colouring giving them the appearance of snakeskin. They flower from March through to May. Plant them in your garden for a striking addition to your flowerbeds.
It is in April that all sorts of flowers start to spring up. In woodlands you’ll find bluebells. The best places to see these are quiet, shaded woods where the woodland floor can often become carpeted in the little blue flowers.
You’ll also see varieties of the forget-me-not beginning to bloom. Most can be seen in shady areas, such as woods. They also make a lovely addition to any garden when placed next to trees and hedges.
The marsh marigold appears in April too. It grows in wet places, such as marshes, fens and ditches. These little yellow flowers are probably one of the oldest native species of flower in the UK.
More flowers join the already blooming masses. You may start to see fields flooded with the red of the field poppy. It begins to grow in late spring/early summer, but may appear as late as autumn depending on the weather.
The popular garden flower the pansy will bloom in May, adding to any flowerbed or pot with its vast array of colours and bi-coloured petals.
Among the best places to see the colours change from winter to spring and to track the types of spring flowers popping up are large public gardens. Try visiting one run by the National Trust or English Heritage.
If you’d rather see flowers in the wild, go to a woodland area. You’ll find beautiful shady areas dotted with bluebells and other wild spring flowers. But you must remember to stay on the paths so as not to destroy the flowers’ natural habitat.
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