flower fields to visit in the UK
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Flower fields to visit in the UK and flowers in season by month

Go on Instagram or blogs at certain times of the year and you can be certain of one thing. You’ll see seasonal flower shots and lots of them. Children in flower fields or woodland carpets. Whole family photo shoots in autumn leaves.  It’s cliched, but if you’re into photography, then you might want to get similar photos. Obviously there are official flower fields to visit in the UK and wider. But there are also opportunities to find public locations for photography. I’ve also pulled together a guide on which flowers are in season by month for photographers, instagrammers and bloggers.

flower fields to visit in the UK

So as the saying goes if you can’t beat them, join them.

We’re lucky because we live in the countryside so many of these sights are easily available. There’s plenty of flower fields near me, but they’re not always easy to find. And usually don’t have public footpaths through. Some flowers can be seen in gardens, some in woodlands, some in fields. We seem to be fairly limited in woodlands with bluebells near us for example, but there’s plenty on the rural verges.

Tips to find seasonal flower field photography locations

  1. Google is your friend – look at National Trust website, Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, local nature reserve websites, NGS members open their gardens
  2. Use Facebook – local facebook groups maybe annoying most of the time, but if you want to know where the best place is to find poppy fields then ask the question because someone is bound to know
  3. Use local village websites – they might have local maps with nature reserves marked, or previous photos you can use for ideas of the local area.
  4. Social media – stalk instagram. Most people will share where their photos were taken, and you can then use google for more details on the exact location
  5. Use blogs: my posts on sunflower fields, snowdrop walks and lavender fields will get you started.
  6. Sign up to local newsletters. Flower fields only tend to open for 2-10ish weeks depending on the flower type, and opening is often dependent on the weather. So when you find out about them, get your skates on to see them.
hydrangeas at mumbles

Flower fields etiquette

Of course, once you’ve spotted or found your location, don’t forget to be aware of the location and the owners. Just because there’s a public footpath through a field doesn’t mean you can walk through the middle of it. And please take your rubbish away with you. You wouldn’t believe how many people leave litter on footpaths when you’d expect them to appreciate the countryside more if they’re walking in it.

Keep to the footpaths, keep dogs on leads, don’t park in gateways (or leave gates open if they were shut) and don’t let children run amok in fields.

If you’ve spotted pretty flowers in people’s gardens, ask them if you can take photos. Or use a zoom lens so you’re less obvious.  I’d also try and keep any identifying features out of the photo if you’re sharing it on social media – so no house names, licence plates or road signs in shot. If you lived in a pretty street you wouldn’t really want the whole world turning up in your garden.

Someone we used to know in our childhood village lived in an amazing barn conversion property with a beautiful courtyard. They woke up one morning, heard voices, looked out of the window and found a group of Japanese tourists who’d just wandered in through the gate, up the front garden and into the courtyard and were taking photos! And that was before the days of Instagram so I imagine home owners get a lot more annoyance nowadays.

Silent Sunday poppies against wheat field

If you want to be more organised than just randomly driving around villages and rural roads on the look out for beautiful florals, why not visit a commercial flower field.

Where to find pretty flower fields to visit:

Flowers in season by month / seasonal calendar

Don’t forget the flower season will vary according to year, weather, location and soil conditions. Some have short flowering season, others will last for a full season. Here’s a guide on the floral season, perfect for blogging and instagram calendars.

  • January: snowdrops
  • February: snowdrops, hellebores, crocus, daffodils
  • March: daffodils, blossom
  • April: bluebells, tulips, cherry blossom, hawthorn, rapeseed, magnolia
  • May: wisteria, rapeseed fields, apple blossom, cow parsley on road verges
  • May-June: peonies, poppies
  • June-July: roses (look for National Trust, National Garden Society, summer fetes with flower competitions), strawberries (pick your own or in the garden), rhododendron (late flowering, early in March)
  • Jun-Aug: Lavender, sunflowers
  • Summer (to September): hydrangea, dahlia
  • Autumn: coloured leaves, pumpkins and don’t forget to look for beautiful flowers as they decay.
  • Winter: berries, fir cones, wreaths

Download the printable floral season calendar

floral calendar printable jpg

Check out these flower quotes to use in your social media posts.

Do you succumb to floral season addiction and take photos with your family? Where would you recommend for visiting flower fields to photograph?

floral season calendar for bloggers - Bubbablue and me

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  1. Oh I am a total sucker for the seasonal floral extravaganzas, but it always seems to lose it’s magic when your feed gets swamped by everyone doing it ha ha!
    This year I’m on the hunt for a field of sunflowers too…
    Great list for those not in the know – although it’s always a clue to check on insta too!
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

    1. Yes I get mine from IG if I’ve not already remembered, although it can be confusing when people post at other times. Pumpkins are the ones I get annoyed about seeing. Although I rest I don’t mind so much as long as it’s not just from the same person over and over again.

  2. Fab post and lots of great ideas. Being so far north I find myself about a month behind everyone else! But I did find some peonies for the first time ever in my local supermarket the other day so that was lovely x

    1. There’s definitely more shops this year selling peonies. Last year round here it was only M&S. This year I’ve had them from Tesco and Sainsburys as well, and spotted them in our new Waitrose. We seem to be in a little microclimate here – being a little behind others as well. Odd given we’re mid-country

  3. This post could have been written for me! (In fact, I have my own version in drafts that I’ve not got around to finishing yet!) I’m planning to visit the confetti field this year as we’re in the Cotswolds that week – it would be rude not to!

    1. I always forget to find places ahead of them closing. We’re near the Cotswolds so I really should book in to see these places. Still trying to find a local poppy field this year.

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