Flowers, when they are in bloom, and awesome places to go and see them.

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.

January

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

Snowdrops are one of the first flowers of the year to bloom

Snowdrops are one of the first flowers of the year to bloom

February

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.

http://www.lukesland.co.uk/Index.htm

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/places-you-can-see-magnolias

Birth flower: Iris

Magnolias are beautiful but don’t last long!

Magnolias are beautiful but don’t last long!

March

Daffodils are in season between March and April. Some great recommendations on where to see them are listed here:

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/a1403/best-places-to-see-daffodils/

Birth flower: Daffodil

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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:

http://www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/gardens/best_gardens_to_see_tulips_1_3495578/

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.

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/g235/where-to-see-blossom-uk/

Birth flower: Daisy

Cherry Blossom - another one that doesn’t last long so take it in while you can.

Cherry Blossom - another one that doesn’t last long so take it in while you can.

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:

Bluebells https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/bluebell-woods-near-you

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

Sweet Peas https://www.visiteaston.co.uk/gardens/sweet-peas

Hyacinth https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3347310/50-spring-gardens-to-visit.html

Birth flower: Lily of the Valley

Bluebells are usually an indicator of ancient woodland and predominantly bloom in May

Bluebells are usually an indicator of ancient woodland and predominantly bloom in May

 

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

Gorgeous pink roses in bloom from June

Gorgeous pink roses in bloom from June

 

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

We literally have miles and miles of lavender fields here in the UK, open to the public for basically getting intoxicated on the stuff. See the link for places to go, you can pick your own and take gorgeous photos too.

We literally have miles and miles of lavender fields here in the UK, open to the public for basically getting intoxicated on the stuff. See the link for places to go, you can pick your own and take gorgeous photos too.

 

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

 

Beautiful Dahlias

Beautiful Dahlias

September

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

Lovely, deep coloured asters are the birth flower for September

Lovely, deep coloured asters are the birth flower for September

 

October – continuing the theme of Autumn -

https://www.gardensillustrated.com/gardens/gardens-to-visit/10-of-the-best-autumn-gardens-to-visit/

Birth month: Marigold

October is also the perfect time to go pumpkin picking!

October is also the perfect time to go pumpkin picking!

 

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

Autumn colours and bright, chilly days: there is nothing like it!

Autumn colours and bright, chilly days: there is nothing like it!

 

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.  

https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/travel/seasons-guide-uk-winter/

Birth month: Poinsettia

The Festival of Light at Longleat Safari Park Photo Credit: Flickr/David Farquhar

The Festival of Light at Longleat Safari Park Photo Credit: Flickr/David Farquhar