Spring begins in March and is a time when many new flowers start to grow and exciting colours appear across the landscape which is great for helping us forget those winter blues. Many of the wildflowers that grow in spring are actually weeds, but they have flowers which are considered very beautiful and these flowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes with many different scents and smells. Spring wildflowers bring an array of colour to the landscape and the combination of singing birds and the sweet scents of these flowers help to symbolize a fresh new start as winter fades away.
Spring flowers are very robust and often start to bloom while the soil is still frozen or covered in snow and their colours range from white to violet. Some of the more popular varieties include roses, daffodils, chrysanthemums and lilies and some will survive well into the summer season, giving people several months of joy and splendor.
We use flowers throughout the year for various celebrations including weddings, birthdays and Christmas to name but a few and flowers are an integral part of many customs and traditions. Spring flowers are a beautiful way of brightening up your home and they help convey many feelings such as warmth and love and they make a fantastic gift for friends and family on special occasions such as Mother's Day or Easter. Spring flowers are often used as bridal bouquets in weddings during this time of year and help to symbolize a new beginning and a fresh new start and it is seems our love of spring flowers does not wilt over time.
Wildflowers are flowers that grow in the wild, undisturbed by human intrusion. These flowering plants are commonly annuals or perennials. Many of the spring wildflowers are weeds with attractive flowers. Blooming in a variety of colors, spring wildflowers vary in smell, size, and appearance.
Spring wildflowers are associated with sweet smelling air, singing birds and a spirit of enthusiasm. Most of the species of wildflowers emerge from the soil for the first time and produce flowers and seeds during spring. Some wildflowers may fade in the spring and some others may continue to bloom even in summer. Excursions and nature trips to the wild are occasions to come across these wild beauties.
Spring wildflowers are seen everywhere in the wilderness, on dry open woodlands, wetlands, waste places, meadows, and mountains. Bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches, Hepatica and Wood Anemone are some of the woodland blooms. Pasqueflower and shooting star are commonly found in prairies while skunk cabbage and marsh marigolds adorn wetlands. Spring wildflowers in California southern deserts include California fuchsia, desert lavender, desert asters, desert lilies, desert sunflowers, and ghost flowers. At Appalachians, one can find mountain laurel, wild azaleas, and rhododendrons in spring.
Some of the popular spring wildflower destinations in the nation are Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Antelope Valley close to Los Angeles, Texas Hill Country around Austin, Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Joshua Tree National Park, Saguaro National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Some tourist destinations arrange walks or hikes to enable a close look at the variety of spring wildflowers. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, based in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, organizes a seven-day event named Spring Wildflower.