The spring season is here, and with it comes the arrival of colorful and vibrant flowers. March to June is the peak season for spotting stunning spring flowers. Whether you are a photographer, a garden enthusiast, or you are simply looking for some seasonal cheer, the following are the top 5 destinations to see spring flowers in their full glory:
Tiptoe Through The Tulips in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the top spring flower destinations in the world. Keukenhof Gardens opens in late March and celebrates the humble tulip in all its different colors and shapes. Planted around trees, in swirls, in rows, and along paths, millions of tulips provide a spectacle like no other. In Keukenhof, many other gorgeous flowers are also available, including lilies, irises, hyacinths, daffodils, roses, and orchids.
Catch Cherry Blossoms at Their Peak in Japan
You cannot think of cherry blossoms without Japan – the place they originated from. If you wish to experience the true beauty of these spring flowers, Hirosaki Park is the most recommended destination. It is home to more than 2,000 cherry trees. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan starts in late April so be sure to plan your trip accordingly.
Lose Yourself in New Zealand’s Lupin Fields
Lupins are one of the most fairytale, magical flowers in the world and they bloom in abundance during the spring season in New Zealand. These magnificent flowers attract visitors from around the globe. They are a popular choice for photoshoots and weddings. The shores of Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook National Park are the two best places to see the lupins in full bloom.
Soak in The Beauty of Blooming Bougainvillea in Mykonos
The bougainvillea is one of the most stunning flowers in the world and spring is a great time to visit Greek islands like Mykonos or Santorini as the whole islands are filled with these flowers. Everywhere you look, bougainvillea will be on display, creating a beautiful atmosphere. Exploring Mykonos on foot is the best way to see the gorgeous streets with their colorful windows and doors. Small and big bougainvillea flowers can be found in every corner, providing an excellent background for photoshoots.
Go Poppy Peeping in Provence
While France is well-known for its lavender fields, there are many other flowers to see here in the spring season, such as poppies and wildflowers. Poppy fields are found all over France but those in Provence are considered the best, having inspired famous artists like Van Gogh and Monet. The poppy fields that sprung on Northern France’s battlefields after WWI are no longer prolific but they still appear in smaller clusters.
Discovering stunning, colorful flowers is one of the best things to do in the spring season. From the magnificent tulips in Amsterdam to blooming bougainvillea in Mykonos and everything in between, nature puts on an amazing show every year in spring. If you are looking to experience this natural wonder, the above-listed destinations are highly recommended.
Photos by: Peter Hammer, Mel US, Ryutaro Tsukata, Nareeta Martin, axp photography, David Bartus