Dispatches from the North: Photos of Springtime in Northern England

Spring has always been my favorite time of year, first of all because my birthday is in the Spring but also because I love watching flowers bloom and things starting to green up.

Living in Chicago for three winters where I walked everywhere in the bitter cold, Spring was such a reprieve from a seemingly endless winter and the moment the snow melted and the sun came out it was like the whole city was celebrating. I love that jubilation in the people of Chicago when the weather starts to warm, but here in Britain it seems like even the ground celebrates the coming of Spring. Daffodils grow everywhere, along the side of the road and in every park and garden they sprout up like weeds. You can buy bundles of British daffodils at every grocery store, fruit stand and farmer’s market for less than a pound and they just seem to flourish everywhere.

One of my favorite places to see Spring flowers is Alnwick Castle in Northumbria. The groundskeepers have planted literally fields thick with daffodils that start coming up every year in late March and early April.

Here are some of my favorite Spring photos that I have taken here around the North East. Even on a cloudy, rainy day the sight of Spring flowers in Northern England instantly brightens any day.

Daffodils on the Alnwick Castle Grounds, April 2009

Daffodils at Alnwick Castle

Thousands of yellow and white daffodils blanket the grounds of Alnwick Castle, April 2009

Daffodils along York Town Wall

A sea of daffodils edge the Town Wall surrounding the York City Centre, April 2009

Hyacinth at Roman Wall

Pink hyacinth and other spring flowers flourish at the base of this Roman Wall, built in York circa 300 AD, April 2009

The pungent aroma of pink, white and purple hyacinth fills the air at this War Memorial on the site of the WWI bombardment of the Hartlepool Headland, April 2009

The pungent aroma of pink, white and purple hyacinth fills the air at this War Memorial on the site of the WWI bombardment of the Hartlepool Headland, April 2009

Flowers on my windowsill

A bunch of British daffodils in a water jug, simple Spring beauty on my windowsill, April 2010

No British Spring is complete without lots of rain and of course rainbows, March 2010

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