Spring colour at its finest

The winter days are long behind us and flowers are bursting into life everywhere.

Here are some of the top spots for spring colour in the Midlands:
 

    Auriculas

    Auriculas on the Auricula Theatre in late April

    The bright colours of an auricula theatre await you at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire and Packwood House in Warwickshire.

    Bluebells

    Bluebells in the woods at Upton House and Gardens

    Carpets of bluebells are a sure way to put a spring in your step, whilst many of our wooded parklands proudly display these annual beauties, some are not to be missed.

    Moseley Old Hall, near Wolverhampton
    Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire
    Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire,
    Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, Staffordshire

    Daffodils

    Spring Daffodils along the riverbank, The Weir Garden Herefordshire

    The snowdrops have almost passed to make way for the second stage of spring, the daffodils.

    Every spring, The Weir, in Herefordshire is blanketed in the bright yellows, oranges and whites of the traditional daffodil, whilst over at Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire the first year of bulbs in the newly restored gardens are starting to burst into life.

    Damson blossom

    Spring lambs under the blossom trees at Brockhampton

    The beautiful blossoms of spring show signs of new growth for the year; our particular favourite is that of the damson trees in the orchards at Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire. The dainty white flowers give out the most wonderful scents.

    Tulips

    Coughton Court in Spring

    For tulip lovers we have three top spots to embrace these striking colours: escape the bustle of Worcester city centre with a trip to Greyfriars’ House; head to Upton House in Warwickshire to explore all the colours in the gardens; or why not pick your own to take home at Coughton Court in Warwickshire?
     

    Wild garlic

    Wild garlic on Ightham Mote Estate

    A trip to Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire is definitely one for the senses. The sight and smell of the wild garlic that flourishes will greet you as you walk, while the taste awaits you in the tea-room with freshly-made soup, all hand-picked at Wenlock Edge.