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In Part 1 of “Follow The Flowers”, we followed daffodils, bluebonnets, proteas, bluebells, and blossoms from almond and cherry trees. It reminds me of the old saying “if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere” (-Vincent Van Gogh).  With all the flowers we’ve followed thus far, and what we’re about to find today, it sure is not difficult to find beauty! 

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

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Golden Wattles Australia flowers in bloom


To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.

Country: Australia.

Where: In south-eastern Australia from South Australia’s southern Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges across Victoria and northwards into inland areas of southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

When: The flowering season is late winter to early spring and so can be suitably associated with 1 September.

Iris France flowers in bloom


France’s national flower since the 12th century!

Country: France.

Where: The Provence region of color and natural beauty bears fields of powder periwinkle blooming irises throughout Trets’ landscape. Follow the route from Rousset to Trets to uncover the beauty for yourself. 

When: April.

Wisteria Japan flowers in bloom


Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party!”

Country: Japan.

Where: Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, around 80 miles north of Tokyo, has about 350 Wisterias. One of them is 150 years old with an 80 m spread. In the Kyushu region, you’ll find a 100 m wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji-en Gardens. They have a smaller collection of wisteria trees, namely 150, but it is well worth a visit.

When: Mid-April to early May. 

Rhododendron tree close to Poon Hill Nepal flowers in bloom


Rhododendron arboreum is Nepal’s national flower.

Country: Nepal.

Where: The above photo is of a Rhododendron tree close to Poon Hill. The TMJ area is the “rhododendron capital” of the country and a conservation area since July 1998 to protect the national flower. Thirty-one species of rhododendron trees are found in the region.

When: In sprint time, namely March / April.

Canola fields along a railway line on the way to Karlshamn in Sweden follow the flowers


“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”  – Lady Bird Johnson

Country: Sweden

Where: Canola fields along a railway line on our way to Karlshamn.

When: We caught them in full bloom around mid-May.

Alternatively, if you find yourself in South Africa over August, you’ll also enjoy the sight of canola blooms across the countryside. especially in the Overberg region on your way to L’Agulhas.

Sunflower fields Szeged Hungary follow the flowers


“Every flower blooms in its own time.”  – Ken Petti

Country: Hungary

Where: Sunflowers are quite common in Hungary. According to EUROSTAT, 650.66 thousand ha was under cultivation of Sunflower seed. Therefore, you may pass acres and acres of them on the roads. Like we found in Szeged, Hungary.

When: August.

Kosmos flowers South Africa | Discover Beautiful Africa and South Africa for your next travel


“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”  – John Harrigan

Country: You’ll find plenty of these happy flowers in South Africa. (See origin, down below.)

Where: They grow freely along, especially the roads of the Free State and Gauteng provinces. Without sowing they come up year after year. Yet another magnificent wonder of nature. 

When: They make quite a splash in early autumn and summer in an assortment of colors – white, pink, cerise, and red – no yellow in South Africa.

Origin: “Cosmos is native to Mexico and found across South America. The plants are now widespread in South Africa, brought here in contaminated horse feed imported from Argentina during the South African (Anglo-Boer) War of 1899 to 1902. (Graeme Williams, Media Club South Africa)

Valley of Flowers National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site follow the flowers India


“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”  – John Lennon

Country: India.

Where: Nestled high in West Himalaya, India’s Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty.

When:  Mid-July to mid-August is the best time to see the flowers in full bloom.

Part 2

To come...

We have plenty more flowers to follow. Like, Jacaranda blossoms, lavender, tulips, poppies, roses, and another bunch of flowers! Catch us in Part Three!

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