Spring blossom in Northern Ireland

Bumblebee nectaring on pink cherry blossom

Spring is our thing - and we love spending it with you. Celebrate the season by helping us pin the perfect places to see spring sing.

We're starting a new tradition that emulates Hanami. Hanami is the ancient Japanese tradition of viewing and celebrating blossom as the first sign of Spring – and we love it.

As part of our aim to help people connect with nature, we’re encouraging those who can see a tree or shrub in flower to take a moment to pause and enjoy the fleeting beauty of blossom, and to share their images on social media for those who can’t see it themselves.

Blossom has brightened the world around us. From the fairy thorn on our country lanes to the candyfloss-coloured cherry blossom in our parks, blossom connects us to our ancestors and has the power to lift our spirits. Criss-crossing a carpet of bluebells at Castle Ward or ambling through the ancent apple orchards of Ardress House, discover the simple pleasures of blossom-spotting at our places and spaces near you. 

Apple blossom

Apple Blossom at Ardress House

The apple is at the core of County Armagh. Known as the Orchard County, every May the beautiful apple blossom explodes across the branches of its apple orchards, creating a magical seasonal spectacle.

Can you smell chocolate?

Magnificent Magnolias

Discover the tree of your dreams - sweet dreams! The magnolia tree at Springhill always sparks interest, as it gives off a sweet scent like white chocolate when it flowers.

Hawthorn in bloom

How to tell hawthorn and blackthorn apart? 

As a home for fairies and a brew for gin, discover the folklore and fame which shrouds the hawthorn and blackthorn.

Rowallane Garden bursting with colour

Blossom watch at Rowallane Garden

Blossom is one of the first signs that spring is well and truly on the way, and is a welcome sight of colour after the frosty winter months. From the pinker hues to the cloudy white, these delicate blossoms are a joyful sight and a reminder that warmer days are on their way.

The restored Windsor Garden at Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down

Castle Ward in Bloom

Discover the restored Sunken Garden and other bright blooms at Castle Ward. Head Gardener Andy Dainty has based the design of the garden on an 1864 painting by Mary Ward, so 61 parterres were installed and filled with a variety of colourful plants and designed to be viewed from above.

 Visitor photographing a Magnolia tree in flower in the Wall Garden in April at Nymans, West Sussex

Blossom map 

As nature wakes up for spring, you can track the growth of blossom across the country with this blossom watch map, which is powered by your tweets. You can also find out more about how you can spread the joy of spring with #BlossomWatch.

Honey and apple scone with jar of honey and two honey drinks on the side
Cakes and bakes

Honey and apple scones 

For a deliciously sweet twist on a simple scone recipe, this apple and honey recipe is perfect for you. Try them warm with lashings of butter or with a dollop of tasty clotted cream, perfect for an indulgent afternoon treat.