As the days start to get longer, and there’s a hint of warmth in the air, you can be sure that Spring
has arrived. With Spring, we also welcome blossom season.
That time of the year when branches undergo a somewhat magical transformation. With blossom providing a spectacle for our eyes, we also get to appreciate the sounds of the returning birds, and the scent of new life growing around us.
Spring truly is a magical time, and I want to help you enjoy the true wonder of the blossom all around us.
When is the best time to see blossom in the UK?
It’s almost impossible not to notice the start of blossom season. It’s no coincidence that it’s the
same time of year when we’re all starting to shake off those Winter blues.
We get to indulge in all that blossom season has to offer from as early as February all the way through until early Summer.
Where do I need to be to enjoy the best of blossom season?
What’s great about the UK, amongst other things, is that you don’t need to venture far before you can start to enjoy all that Spring has to offer. Trees such as apple, blackthorn, and hawthorn are so common that you’re almost guaranteed to see them during a Springtime stroll.
You’ll be able to enjoy the marvel that blossom gives, just by paying a little attention. You’ll spot it in fields, hedgerows, on a solitary tree in a city setting, and even in gardens.
What blossom can I expect to see?
In the UK, we’re fortunate to have so many varieties of trees and blossom. Here’s a look at some of the most common, and beautiful, ones that you’re likely to see:
Hawthorn blossom is one of the most commonly found in Spring. This can be enjoyed mainly during the month of May.
You’ll find hawthorn as isolated trees as well as part of hedgerows.
You can enjoy the clustered blossom that blackthorn displays throughout March and April. Found mainly in hedgerows, from a distance you’d be forgiven for thinking that this blossom was a light covering of snow.
You won't get to enjoy crap apple blossom until around late May, but it is worth the wait. Found in hedgerows and copses, this pink-tinged blossom is nothing short of beautiful.
Hazel Corylus Avellana
What’s special here is that it signifies the earliest possible start of blossom season. You can enjoy this between January and April and find it in hedges and coppices.
Picture Perfect Blossom
Maybe you want to record all of the joys of Spring so that you can bring back those happy feelings.
Perhaps you want to post about blossom on Instagram, or you want to take part in Blossom Watch. Regardless, here are a few tips to help you capture the very best image:
Consider the time of day- Early morning light and dusk falling can add a sense of atmosphere to your photos
Your background matters- If you really want to show off the stunning colours of your Spring blossom, think about setting it against vivid blue skies or striking green leaves
Don’t rush- Maybe your first photograph won’t be quite what you want. Maybe you haven’t quite captured what you intended. Take your time and try again- blossom season won’t end overnight
Capture some bees- Blossom will always attract bees as they go about pollinating and keeping nature going. Capturing a bee in your image can make it really special
I hope you enjoy checking out blossom starting to grow in your local area! It's such a beautiful season, and there's so much to look forward to in Spring.