Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? With fewer hours of sunlight, colder temperatures, and dying/dead greenery, it’s no wonder why people get depressed during fall and winter.
But not everything has to be dreary. In fact, there are places you can visit to view some amazing cold growers! Here are 5 places to see beautiful winter flowers to cheer yourself up.
1. Saraburi, Thailand
If you want to see winter flowers, then you definitely need to head over to Saraburi, Thailand. Here, you’ll find gigantic fields of sunflowers across 10,000 acres of land! These big cheery blooms are exactly what you need to get out of your winter blues and feel like yourself again.
The sunflower fields of Saraburi are truly magical. These flowers bloom between November and January, the key months where you’re likely to feel down. What’s great is, you don’t have to pay admission to get in and you can even get the chance to plant sunflowers of your own or pick up sunflower products.
Plus, it’s a nice trip to treat yourself to. Saraburi is very easy to get to from Bangkok, which means you can make an afternoon of it while still spending the majority of your time in the major city. So if Thailand’s been on your to-go list, it just might be time to make that dream a reality soon.
2. Miura, Japan
Here’s another destination in Asia for you! Miura is just an hour away from Tokyo, so like with the sunflower fields in Saraburi, if you want to spend most of your time in the big city, you can still do so when you visit here.
In Miura, you’ll find Jogashima daffodils that bloom in December. In fact, this seaside park can get as many as half a million daffodils in one season! They make quite an interesting contrast to all the rocky terrain, that’s for sure.
While you’re here, you’ll also get some breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. So if you’ve always wanted to see this majestic mountain but didn’t want to trek it, going to Jogashima island can be a great compromise. Not only can you view some pretty winter blooms, but you’ll also enjoy a fantastic view of Mount Fuji in the process.
3. Lake Tekapo, New Zeland
This destination might be out of the way for most people, but it’s definitely worth it. Considering New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, this means that it’s summer from December to February! So even if you don’t mainly go to see their “winter” blooms, you’ll still get to enjoy some hot summer weather while it’s chilly back at home.
If this sounds like something you want to do, then don’t miss out on Lake Tekapo. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of white, purple, and pink flowers all along the lake’s banks.
We do have one small confession to make: the blooms found at Lake Tekapo aren’t actually native, but once you see the sights, you’ll forgive this fact instantly. You’ll be able to take millions of photos that will be unrivaled by your friends’ winter pictures.
4. Cambridgeshire, UK
For something a bit closer to home (for some), or at least more accessible, consider going to Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, UK.
Here, they have an astonishing amount of dahlias, which are large and beautiful. In fact, Anglesey Abbey has over 70 varieties, which means you’ll keep being wowed as you walk through the gardens.
You’ll also find the Skylight Garden, which is best viewed in the fall. However, you’ll still find plenty of greenery in the winter.
And don’t forget to take a refreshing walk along the riverside. You’ll find lots of cyclamen, which provide plenty of pops of color all around.
If you’re planning on staying in the UK for a bit, other places worth visiting that have beautiful January bloom to look at include Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, and Ickworth in Suffolk.
5. Your Local Park
We’re ending this list with somewhere super close to you: your local park! You might not have given it a second thought, but sometimes, the best things grow in your very own backyard (or in this case, park).
Your municipality will have a good understanding of what plants and flowers fare well in the wintertime, which means that while the temperatures are cold, you’ll still see some stunning growth.
Even if you’ve been to your park a million times over before, the beauty of nature is that it’s never the same. Your time spent there a month or even a week ago can be significantly different than if you go now.
So grab your winter jacket, bundle up, and take a nice stroll down to your local park. Even better: bring your loved ones and dogs if you have any. This mini family outing can be just what you need to perk back up.
See Some Beautiful Winter Flowers
The next time you feel a bit down, just remember these beautiful winter flowers that you can go view. While some may be much farther than others, a long-distance trip can be just what you need!
And if you’re not able to travel for any reason, at least take comfort in knowing that with the power of the internet and social media, it’s quite easy to find current pictures and even live cam feeds of these beautiful places. So even if you can’t fly out, have the December bloom come to you instead!
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