It's February and the days are getting longer in Wales. In Wales we relish this time of year, when we're reassured of the return of light in the spring with the first flowers making their appearance. Read on for a guide to enjoying the spring flowers in Wales.
Snowdrops come first; pretty small white flowers whose name is not hard to decipher. They're quite widespread and can be seen across Wales from January until around the end of February. For a lovely winter walk through gardens and woodland with snowdrops all around, it's hard to beat some of the National Trust properties. Particularly good are Dyffryn Gardens, near Cardiff; Plas yn Rhiw, Lleyn Peninsula; and Bodnant Gardens, Conwy - where you can even help the gardeners to plant them!
The Daffodil is one of the emblems of Wales, and it's no surprise then, that in March you will see them everywhere. They are widely cultivated so you'll see them in parks and gardens, as well as on the roadside, especially at the entrance to a town or village. They're popular in planters too. The daffodil display inside Cardiff Castle is wonderful. For wild daffodils you might have to look a little further - the Wildlife Trust woodlands of Llandefaelog and Coed y Bwl are good places to find them.
Ramsons or Wild Garlic as they're otherwise known are highly fragrant white flowers whose scent may have you planning dinner as you're walking through the woods. They can be seen in woodlands all over Wales usually between April to June. One of our favourite spots for enjoying these flowers is The Woodland Trust's Oxwich Woods, on the Gower Peninsula.
Bluebells are the most popular spring flowers, and many people will plan a trip specifically to see Bluebells. Their scent is wonderfully distinctive, and their blue-purple flowers carpet ancient woodlands and valley sides. We love the bluebell woods in the Wye Valley, and in Wenallt Woods, just north of Cardiff. The bluebells in Cwm Pennant, a quiet valley in Snowdonia, are found in a mountainside environment rather than woodland. They are usually out in April - May.
All of our tours take in the best wild places where you can enjoy the Spring flowers - why not join one of our small group tours this spring!