A floral tribute

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has just celebrated its 100th anniversary and spring is trying its best to make itself known.

But where can you see nature wriggle out of winter without the aid of an umbrella or woolly jumper?

Western Australia puts on one of the world’s most spectacular wildflower displays from June to November. There are around 12,000 species of flower, nearly two thirds of which are endemic to the region. And they sound pretty evocative too: woolly banksia, common catspaw, bridal rainbow, showy dryandra, pink pokers and more.

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On South Africa’s Western and Northern Capes, wildflower season runs through August and September when the landscapes are awash with colour – even the arid desert of Namaqualand comes alive with orange daisies, dainty wildflowers and curious quiver trees.

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When the Mojave Desert in California, Utah and Arizona has had a nice wet winter, the floral displays are no less impressive, particularly in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Then there are the mountains. The Canadian Rockies, for example:

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For a classic closer to home, look for the purple haze in Provence – manicured rows of lavender, punctuated by summery splashes of sunflowers.

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