Blooming lovely photos of spring flowers around the world

Travel might be off the cards right now, but no one told the flowers that...

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If a bluebell blooms in a forest and no one is around to share it on Moments, did it happen? Erm, yeah. Travel might be off the cards right now, but no one told the flowers that. Spring continues to do its thing, and all around the world trees have been blossoming and buds have been blooming even though we’ve not been around to admire them.

There have been trees laden down with cherry blossoms in Japan, technicolour tulip fields in the Netherlands and trails lined with poppies in California. We can't see them all IRL for now, but we can still appreciate their colourful petals in pictures – plus, there's no harm in getting some inspiration for future trips.

By Ellie Walker-Arnott

Cherry blossom in Shanghai, China

This one's close to home and easy to visit. Though the weather’s been weird, spring has sprung in Shanghai and boy, is it beautiful. Over the last month, the city has been tickled pink with cherry blossoms in bloom. It’s not just in the parks, trees that line the pavements have been covered in petals too. The evidence is all over social media, where Shanghai residents have been sharing springtime snaps from their daily walks. 

Nemophila in Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

It’s closed this year, but the nemophila flowers in Japan’s Hitachi Seaside Park come into full bloom mid-April to early May with roughly 5.3 million tiny blue flowers. Also known as 'baby blue eyes', these flowers grow close to the ground, turning the slopes of the park into a striking sea of sky blue.

Tulips at Keukenhof, The Netherlands

Keukenhof is the world’s largest bulb-flower garden and boasts more than 800 varieties of tulips. This year its annual event was cancelled, but that won’t stop you getting an eyeful of the colourful petals. The garden, which is at its blooming best right now, is sharing its fields of technicolour tulips, daffodils and hyacinths online via a series of YouTube videos. 

Cherry blossom in Kyoto, Japan
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Cherry blossom in Kyoto, Japan

Japan is world-famous for its stunning cherry blossom trees. Cherry blossom, sakura in Japanese, bloom in the springtime, between April and May. It was cancelled this year but Kyoto usually hosts the biggest hanami parties in Maruyama Park. It's an incredible place to see the pastel pink trees, which are only in bloom for around two weeks each year.

Ranunculus fields in Carlsbad, USA

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California are usually open between March and May every year. They attract countless floral fans wanting a glimpse of the area’s technicolour fields. It’s closed this year, but usually visitors can wander past a rainbow of ranunculus flowers and even try and beat a maze made out of sweet pea blossoms. 

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, USA

Wildflowers abound in California, but one of the most iconic is Eschscholzia californica, the Californian poppy. When the state has been bestowed with plenty of wintertime rain, the flower dots the region in bright golden blossoms. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is the best place to see them – expect more than 1,700 acres of poppy-blanketed hills.

Rapeseed fields in Yunnan, China
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Rapeseed fields in Yunnan, China

Another one that you can see IRL if you’re China based. Luoping County’s bright yellow fields are both pretty to look at and pretty useful. The rapeseed plants, which transform each spring, are used to produce cooking oil, but they also attract visitors to China keen to see the sweeping fields turn their vibrant, golden shade. 

Bluebells in the Brecon Beacons, Wales

Almost half of the world’s Bluebells are in the UK. From late April to May, thousands of these drooping beauties are to be found in Coed Cefn, a woodland in Wales’ Brecon Beacons. Right now, they must be admired from afar. And, actually, it’s best you do that even when you can travel – it’s said that if you pick a bluebell, you’ll be led astray by fairies.

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