There are so many beautiful places in the UK and sometimes we just don’t know about them! I have my eyes opened on a regular basis and a Box of Twelve can help you do this too, by helping you step out of the norm to explore and discover places you wouldn’t necessarily go to.
Getting out and about to see different flowers each month when they are in bloom will inevitably expose you to fantastic countryside and architecture in the UK and can help you find places that are special enough to return to year after year.
You could choose to go somewhere local or make a weekend of it and stay in a hotel or B & B and do some exploring of the local area at the same time.
I haven’t listed all flowers here but just a select few – the possibilities are endless as soon as you start looking. Your loved one may have a favourite flower that you can link to. You also don’t have to do every one over the twelve months, but could pick and choose a few for your own Box.
Snowdrops are in season between January and March, the first of the year to flower. The National Trust lists lots of places to see them by geographical region. The link is here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/top-spots-for-snowdrops
Birth flower: Carnation
Magnolias start their season in February and March and can last through to June. The country's largest magnolia tree is planted at Lukesland Gardens near Ivybridge in South Devon. Generally the stately home is not open to the public until the summer, but if it is showing a particularly good display it may be open early to allow visitors to see the tree.
Birth flower: Iris
Daffodils are in season between March and April. Some great recommendations on where to see them are listed here:
Birth flower: Daffodil
April – lots of flowers are starting to bloom now for Spring – it is a flower lovers paradise!
Tulips are in bloom between March and May, there are lots of places to see them in the UK:
or alternatively think about taking a trip to Amsterdam, where they are famous for their colourful array of tulips. https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/see-and-do/things-to-do/by-season/spring/10-ways-to-take-in-the-tulips-in-amsterdam
Cherry Blossom – this can start from late April and be in bloom until May – they are evocatively beautiful and sadly don’t last very long, all the more reason to take them in as much as possible.
Birth flower: Daisy
May - again now there will be an abundance of flowers. You may like to choose a place that has large gardens with a variety of flowers to see, somewhere that does afternoon tea perhaps. I’ve listed websites here as there are so many good places! Here are a few of the flowers in bloom in May:
Pink Roses https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/14-fragrant-rose-gardens; https://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk/seasonal/roses.html; https://www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/gardens/a618/where-to-see-rose-gardens/
Peonies – they only flower for about 7-10 days so one to be quick to see http://www.martin-page.com/thepeonysociety.org/Where_to_see.html
Birth flower: Lily of the Valley
June – pink roses, peonies, sweet peas will continue to be in bloom, plus many more…
Delphiniums and Cornflowers – check out this place in Worcestershire which is only open to the public for a few days every year before harvesting the petals for confetti: https://www.confettidirect.co.uk/flowerfields/
Birth Flower: Rose
July – much the same as May and June, with a few more…
Wild Orchids https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/where_to_see_orchids
Dahlias, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Irises, Sunflowers https://www.ngs.org.uk/whats-new/news/post/july-flowers-in-bloom/
Lavender lavender fields are a must, strikingly beautiful, they smell divine and make for incredible photos. Many fields are open between May and August. https://www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/englands-loveliest-lavender-fields
Birth flower: Larkspur/Delphinium
August – it is noted that August can be the most difficult of the summer months as often the water table is low which can cause gardens to look tired, plus there is a lull between summer and autumn perennials. Here is a link to some gorgeous gardens however that are still dazzling in the late summer season: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardens-to-visit/30-best-late-season-gardens-visit-autumn-sets/
Birth flower: Gladiolus
Autumn is appearing slowly and the colours are changing. It’s soon going to start to look like a delightful sea of warm oranges, yellows, reds and browns. See here for some of the best gardens to visit for autumnal colours https://www.visitengland.com/short-breaks-england/english-gardens/seasonal-gardens/autumn-colours
Birth month: Asters
October – continuing the theme of Autumn -
Birth month: Marigold
November – see these winter gardens at their best: https://www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/gardens/spectacular-winter-gardens-to-visit/ and https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/our-top-winter-gardens
It’s also the month of Remembrance Sunday so going somewhere to see a poppy display is very moving. https://www.wherearethepoppiesnow.org.uk/poppy-tour/
Birth month: Chrysanthemum
December – not the best time of year to see flowers in bloom, but there are still plenty of gardens to get out and about in, plus more to see and do. This is a great time to wrap up warm and make the most of the countryside, take a walk in a local forest or along the river or canal and finish in a beautiful village pub for a hearty lunch.
Birth month: Poinsettia