“Earth laughs in flowers” said Ralph Waldo Emerson and there couldn’t be a better compliment. This summer you could share in the joy and spend your holidays surrounded by nature’s bounty. And where would you find it? Try these:
THE DAZZLING DAFFODILS OF THE COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND
Softening the harshness of British winters, “a host of golden daffodils” greet you in the Cotswolds. It is as if their trumpet-shaped flowers are literally announcing the onset of spring! Picture yourself, Wordsworth-like, wandering ‘lonely as a cloud’, until you chance upon these brilliant beauties. So what if the cold winds are piercing your bones; the budding blossoms are sure to warm your heart. Standing amid the golden yellows and clear whites, you can picture yourself in your favourite summer dress and flip flops. So rent a cottage by a daffodil garden and let English countryside bless you with scented serenity.
THE ROMANTIC RANUNCULUS OF CALIFORNIA, USA
Quick, blink; or the exploding colours might just blind you! Every year, spring brings to California, their most vibrant possession—Ranunculus. Over 50 acres of land stretches out like a colour palette in The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California. Overlooking the blue Pacific, the field invites you to spend an entire day with picnic baskets, bicycles and cameras. If you are lucky, you might land up on a day when local entertainers are performing here, adding more colour to the proceedings! Spend a day here and dreams of the Ranunculus will stay with you all year, only to pull you back next spring.
THE LOVELY LAVENDER FIELDS OF FRANCE
The Lavender Fields of Provence are like potions or tonics of serenity. A whiff of the scent, a glimpse of the colour and a stroke of the texture is all you need to relax for a month! Sometimes, the lavender fields are surrounded by wheat fields which harvest at the same time. Ah! The sight of lavenders with golden wheat bands and sunlight in the background is no less than royal. The essence of the flowers yields healing homemade oils, handmade soaps and natural scents created in neighbouring farms and cottages.
CHINA’S GOLDEN CANOLA
A sea of sunshine on the bosom of the earth…that’s east Yunnan for you. It is as if a whimsical painter spilled a giant can of molten gold here. Neither sunshine nor gold, this is a cheery array of canola flowers, clustered together to create a visual spectacle. Set against the green-brown monotony of the hills, this floral farmland will have your camera as hungry as the bees here are for honey. Located just about 15 kilometres from Luoping town, the farmlands are easily accessible by bus. Trek your way to the 100-year-old Lingyin Temple at the top of one of the hills, to get the best view. Carry a bottle of rapeseed cooking oil back home, along with dozens of golden-yellow memories. But go now; the show is over by June.
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