So England gets a bit of a bad rep at times. Grey, dreary, wet, cold and just a bit gloomy. These are mostly things I hear or even say myself when speaking to friends and family back in the motherland. I mean it is true there is no denying that. Winter albeit cosy indoors is long and grey and god forbid if we have a wet summer- everyone’s off to the continent for some much-needed vitamin D. Luckily I didn’t move to England for the weather.
But and that’s a very big but – spring in the U.K. is gorgeous.
Where I live in the South West the first signs of spring are the daffodils that seem to pop up everywhere. Little rays of sunshine right there on the side of the road.
Tulips dominate the garden flower beds in houses, parks and stately home. Reds, yellows, mixtures of two. Sure it doesn’t compare to the Netherlands but it’s still so beautiful.
Then come the bluebells. We have some in the garden but they are nothing compared to the forests of them that spring up in parts of the UK. I saw my first bluebell forest this weekend and it was magical. Mother Nature is one sassy lady for creating a carpet of bluebells. The bluey /purple colour is so vibrant and against the green tree leaves it’s just like you are in a fairy den.
As the bluebells start to fade the fields here start to turn bright yellow. Like the sun rays dropped out over the crops. Rapeseed fields dominate the landscape. I can’t stop smiling when I see these patches of golden yellow. I drive past many on my daily commute and they always, without fail put me in a good mood.
The spring colours are one of many surprising things I’ve discovered living in the UK. To be honest it may be the same back in Aus but I’ve just never really stopped to appreciate it. Which I guess most people do when they are caught up in day to day life and the familiar surroundings.
So if you find yourself in the south-west of the UK this time of year look out for the colours, marvel in the beautiful landscapes, stop the car and walk amongst the flowers and above all else remember England’s not always grey and dreary.
Appreciating the spring glory was inspired by reading Suzanne’s post here take a look at her beautiful photographs and wonderful words.
46 thoughts on “Trust Me England isn’t always grey and miserable.”
This is just beautiful. Can’t believe you haven’t seen the bluebells before.
No me either!
What gorgeous pictures! I don’t often get homesick but I felt a little stir reading your post! x
Haha sorry for causing a bout of homesickness!
The photos do make me want to go and visit down that way, and, yes there is more to the UK than the weather 🙂
You should your not that far away in Devon 😀
We have dependants in the form of two dogs and a rental car that doesn’t like dog hairs 🙂 Then after here it’s up north to our next housesit! Enough around here to see at the moment. One day 🙂
I agree completely! I LOVE walking around the UK in the springtime (and in the summer with all the lush greens!)
Those are lovely bluebell piccies. It can be so hard to take a good photo of the purple carpeted prettiness!
Is so pretty isn’t it! I was so glad when I looked at the pics that they captured how beautiful and magical it all was.
Spring is my favourite time of the year! The woods right next to my house sprout hundreds of bluebells every spring and I never get tired of riding my horse through the endless sea of purple!… Also your daughter is so precious! Great post 🙂
Oh wow bet it’s amazing riding your horse through the fields! Sadly she’s not my daughter but my friends. She such a sweetie and loved playing in the bluebells
Your pictures are beautiful! I’ll be in London in July, and I can’t wait!
Thanks so much. Ohh you are in for a treat!
YES! Let’s here it for British weather! The UK is stunning in Spring and Autumn. Totally worth putting up with the “odd” but of rain for.
Exactly!! Spring and autumn are amazing over here. X
That’s it, I totally have to visit the UK in spring time! 🙂
You really do it’s soooo pretty!!
I’ve always thought it looked really beautiful there! I would love to go there during the spring or summer seasons.
You should it’s so pretty. Autumn in England is so picturesque as well!
So pretty! England is on my bucket list! That field of bluebells is magical!
It so magical was waiting for the unicorns to turn up 😂
England is a city I really would like to visit sometime in the future, like a weekend trip 🙂
Haha…sorry, I meant London is a city I would like to visit.
Beautiful bluebells, rapeseeds and tulips pictures. It’s my goal in life to take a trip over to England.
Thanks so much. Fingers crossed you achieve your goal of getting here!
Love it when I find UK bloggers – I’m a South West girl too and you’ve captured some of it’s Spring charms perfectly 🙂
Ohhh another south west girl! Where are you from? Thanks for stopping by! X
I’m Devon – although now out in the Caribbean for almost a decade! 🙂
Amazing photos! These pictures make me want to visit even more than before! I love the gorgeous flowers! Great post!
okay, you have officially sold me on England in the spring (even though I was already on board) 🙂 haha… but those pictures! I love the tulips but especially your friends daughter in the blue bells. SO gorgeous!!! I myself went last week to the botanical Gardens to see massive rows and rows of daffodils and it was similar to these, such a gorgeous sight!!!! Certainly makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, amazing how flowers can do that to your mind 🙂 xxx Bee
That pretty little girl is so cute I would wanna keep her…Lavender hued garden looks almost surreal😍😍
I know she’s precious isn’t she!
Oh my goodness, spring is definitely so beautiful there! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!
Nothing, but nothing makes me ache for Britain like bluebells do. What a lovely post and how wonderful to see English Spring with virgin eyes 🙂
Beautiful bluebell photos – makes me want to go out for a walk right now!
I love all the bluebell pictures! Such a gorgeous colour
It’s so vivid! I’m obsessed with them now 😂
This was so much like our road trip on Monday, we too stopped to photograph the Rapeseed and in the forest the bluebells.
Our garden in awash with them and primroses, liklte flashes if colour against the mossy green 🙂
My husband is in love with English bluebells because they’re in a scene in Excaliber. So he ordered some from a British company and planted them here in North Carolina. They’re (not surprisingly) struggling to cope with the hideous summers here and aren’t spreading out like he’d hoped, but they’re hanging in there. Your friend’s daughter is so cute!
Gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing them. I love nature and Spring is a beautiful time of year.
Nature puts on a brilliant show in spring doesn’t it!
Thanks so much. Nature puts on an awesome show in Spring!
The pictures are so lovely….and the cute baby playing in the bluebells..this will brighten anyone’s day…..
Thank you so much. She’s so sweet isn’t she!
I can understand… I am from south of Italy and my grandma is still sending me vitamins believing that I lack on Vitamin D ahahahah.