An English Spring


After the dark short days of November, the wet and windy days of December and the long dreary month of January I look forward to signs of spring. Luckily late winter flowers in February of snowdrops, winter aconites, crocuses, early dwarf irises and hellebores help revive the spirit and fill the gap until the real spring begins.

Crocuses and early daffodils

Then magnolia trees bloom and camellias fill the Cornish gardens with a riotous display of reds, pinks and white. Daffodils pop up in the lanes (and fields in this part of the country) grape hyacinths appear and early tulips raise their heads.

Daffodil fields near Godolphin

Each day something new appears, perennials waken from their winter slumber underground. Rose bushes are flush with new leaves, clematis begin their upward climb and tulips bide their time.

New growth

Spring is a celebration of new life, new beginnings and new hopes. But without the cruelties of winter would we appreciate it quite so much?

Lens-Artists Challenge #241 | Spring

62 Comments Add yours

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Wonderful photos Jude, all so clear and brilliant. Spring is almost unbearably beautiful in Cornwall, it seems. I especially love the hillside covered in crocuses…..not something we’d see around here.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Crocuses do look their best planted in lawns I must admit. I really ought to do that in my little patch as I don’t walk on it in the winter months.

  2. Delightful. We have been away from home for 5 days and upon return were amazed at the changes in the garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Once it starts there is no holding back.

      1. And then it fades into Summer. I was surprised just how many daffodils had finished while I was away for such a short time.

        1. Heyjude says:

          The really early daffs (February) ones are going over here too, but later ones just beginning. We always think of April as the time for daffodils, though they are usually earlier.

        2. Tulips have even come and gone here.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Really? That’s very early. Even my earliest ones (the species type) are only just opening.

        4. Very mild weather in the east.

  3. Rupali says:

    Such colours!

  4. I love the look of your early spring Jude! The magnolia bush is a wonderful sight … oh well, actually all your flowers are!

  5. that daffodil farm, lovely. what a beautiful collection of flowers. i am still in very early spring vibes as snow is expected for next five days….so over it, but what can you do

  6. Amy says:

    What a beautiful spring flower series, Jude!!

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Oh, beautiful! What a happy sight all these spring flowers are! Spring is taking its time to get going here but hoping to see more signs of new life soon…:)

  8. Wow beautiful croc flowers and all the others🙌🔥🔥

  9. Cathy says:

    Glorious photos of such a welcome season, Jude

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