My favorite thing about spring is flowers. Since moving to London I’ve tracked the blooming of the bulbs each winter, my inner Californian desperate for the warmth of spring. What I’ve learned is that the first flowers to appear are delicate white snowdrops. Longing for the days of tulips and daffodils, I’ve scoured the country this month for the best places to see snowdrops in Britain. After traveling the island, today I bring you photos from England, Scotland, and Wales.
Best Places to See Snowdrops in England
Most of my snowdrop sightings in England have taken place in London. The city’s parks are bursting with early spring colors this year, not least because we had an unseasonably warm start to winter. And one of the best places to see snowdrops in London is St James’s Park. Known for having some of the best gardens in London, the park has little crops of snowdrops growing alongside daffodils and crocuses.
Elsewhere in England, there’s a snowdrop festival on that’s giving people the opportunity to see the flowers in famous gardens and parks from the south coast to the Northumberland border.
Best Places to See Snowdrops in Scotland
My best snowdrop sightings this year have been up in Scotland. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Scottish Borders lately (more on that in the future!), and each time I go up I see more hillsides blanketed with lovely white polka dots.
The best part about seeing snowdrops in Scotland is that they’re hard to miss. Nearly every hill and valley is covered in them at this time of year. As an added bonus, there’s a snowdrop festival in Scotland this month (these seem to be popular!) that offers visitors and locals a chance to see the dainty blossoms blooming in gardens across the land.
Best Places to See Snowdrops in Wales
I spent a lovely winter weekend in Wales a few weeks ago. Snowdrops were no small part of why I had such a great time exploring the natural landscapes there. The area around Brecon Beacons National Park is bursting with little white pearls, and is a great place to see snowdrops at the moment.
Best Places to See Snowdrops in Britain
My snowdrop sightings have gotten me excited about spring and the promise of warm weather, colorful gardens, and warm weather. And also warm weather.
But above all, they’ve gotten me excited to live in such a beautiful country. Britain might not have the best winter weather (or summer weather, for that matter), but it more than makes up for it in the beauty of its landscapes, from the big rolling hills to the tiniest of flowers. And that makes February endurable, even for a Californian like me.
Where do you think are the best places to see snowdrops in Britain? Any favorite places?